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December 25, 1943

NEUROPSYCHIATRIC COMPLICATIONS IN VICTIMS OF BOSTON'S COCOANUT GROVE DISASTER

JAMA. 1943;123(17):1098-1101. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840520014004
Abstract

Observations on medical and physiologic aspects, neuropsychiatric complications and social service activities in the care of patients during the acute stages and immediately following the Cocoanut Grove fire disaster of Nov. 28, 1942, which killed 491 patrons and injured many more, have been reported recently through several articles.1

This report deals with psychiatric observations made during the first weeks and afterward on the survivors of the disaster who had been admitted to the Boston City Hospital during the night of the fire. These patients were followed up until the present time, which is a period of eleven months.

Members of the staff of the Neurological Unit of the Boston City Hospital saw some of these patients during the first week of their hospital stay. Many of the 131 patients were too disabled by their injuries to permit adequate early interview. Systematic neuropsychiatric examination of all patients was requested

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