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November 20, 1943


Author Affiliations

Neuropsychiatric Consultant, Fourth Service Command MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1943;123(12):751-754. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840470017004

The problems of psychiatry in the Army have fundamental common denominators to the practice of all specialties in the Army: the lack of trained manpower, the immense importance of speedy action and the most effective disposition of patients. In psychiatry these problems have certain specific connotations due to the nature of the illnesses in this specialty. These problems should be of vital interest and concern to every citizen interested in the war effort and particularly to medical men. They should be of interest, first, because of the great number of men whose army experience has brought to light their need for medical and particularly psychiatric help. This fact may be vividly portrayed by these figures: An average of 8 to 10 per cent of men examined for military service are rejected for psychiatric reasons, and nearly 30 per cent of the discharges from the Army are for psychiatric reasons. In