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July 8, 1944

Psychiatry in War

JAMA. 1944;125(10):757. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850280073030

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This book is well written, brief and practical.

Dr. Mira has collected and analyzed his material carefully and has tested and recast his clinical and academic psychiatry in the light of actual experience of war both at the home front and in some of the bitterest fighting in any war. Thus tested, his formulations are not mere theory but expressions of psychiatrically sound, proved, clinical facts in the Spanish war.

His discussion of fear, anger, morale, management and direction of aggression are all clearly written. His points on recovery and readjustment should be inculcated in all militarized individuals: "Once a man has been enrolled and trained as a soldier, all efforts should be made to keep him in the army in the event that he becomes ill or injured. In other words, even if there are sufficient new recruits, it is always preferable to restore a veteran rather than to

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