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April 3, 1943

NEUROPSYCHIATRY IN THE ARMY

JAMA. 1943;121(14):1154-1155. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840140038009

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Abstract

Under Medicine and the War in this week's issue of The Journal appears a brief report of the establishment of a special school for neuropsychiatry under the auspices of the United States Army Medical Corps. Psychiatric problems represent today some of the most important of those that confront our armed forces. In 1918 there were 7 men of each thousand discharged for psychiatric reasons, whereas in 1942 the rate was 4 per thousand. At the time of induction in 1918 only 20 men of each thousand were discharged for psychiatric reasons; now about 75 of each thousand are rejected for such causes. This does not mean that more men are now mentally unfit; our scientific methods have improved sufficiently in the interval to enable more accurate detection of such cases. The indications are that 30 per cent of the casualties now arriving from the war zones are psychiatric in character

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