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January 27, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;127(4):239-240. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860040049016

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Dec. 23, 1944.

No Increase of Mental Breakdown Due to War  In spite of the bombing of this country from the air with considerable destruction of property and loss of life in the five years of war, there is no evidence of any increase in serious cases of mental breakdown. This summary of the effect of the war on mental health is given in the thirtieth annual report of the Board of Control, the official body which controls mental hospitals. The board points out that although admissions to mental hospitals do not by themselves give a complete picture of the incidence of psychoses and neuropsychoses they do indicate the general trend. Even in blitz areas, the report states, "there are relatively few cases in which the mental breakdown can be attributed in any degree to the effects of war and more particularly of air

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