The current emergency presents a great opportunity for psychiatry. Enormous preparations are under way in armies, military, industrial and civilian. Each group must be reached and helped by psychiatry to an under-standing of the imperative necessity of diminishing and even relinquishing its right in order to save the democratic structure, ideologically, socially and culturally. Psychiatry as a medical science must preserve and heighten morale during the trying times of sacrifice.
The role of psychiatry in national defense can be discussed from several points of view: (1) present status of psychiatric preparedness; (2) utilization of methods of psychiatry for the peace time conscript army, the significance of morale; (3) psychiatry in industrial mobilization and civilian mental health services; (4) adequate care of psychiatric casualties during peace and war; (5) disability and compensation problems.
PRESENT STATUS OF PSYCHIATRIC PREPAREDNESS
Psychiatry is better prepared now than before the last World War to meet
EBAUGH FG. THE ROLE OF PSYCHIATRY IN NATIONAL DEFENSE. JAMA. 1941;117(4):260–264. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.72820300008005c
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