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August 30, 1941

The Traumatic Neuroses of War

JAMA. 1941;117(9):815. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820350155029

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The publication of this excellent monograph is opportune in view of the present world situation and the consequent results of exposure to the traumas of war and the preparations for war. In the foreword and introduction the author states the purpose of the book to be a "guide to the study, treatment and postwar care of those neurotic disturbances which are incidental to war.... This book does not purport to treat all the psychic syndromes which can be called the traumatic neuroses. Its purpose is to establish the symptomatology, criteria for differential diagnosis and to establish a rationale for therapy." That the book goes a long way in fulfilling its author's purpose is obvious to the objective reader. The monograph is divided into three parts, clinical, theoretical and practical, and the author cites a wealth of case material to demonstrate the clinical forms of traumatic neuroses together with a careful

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