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February 10, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;127(6):349. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860060047017

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Jan. 13, 1945.

The Psychology of British Prisoners of War  In the correspondence columns of the British Medical Journal a physician wrote recently that "the very large majority of our returned prisoners of war will be problems for their lifetime." This statement has aroused the astonishment of Major D. L. Charters, whose experience renders him an authority on the psychology of prisoners of war. A Liverpool ophthalmic surgeon, in the Greek campaign of 1941 Major Charters allowed himself to be captured while attending the badly wounded, and with the same humanitarian motive he has since declined two opportunities for repatriation. For the last three and one-half years he has administered the medical affairs of large groups of wounded and disabled prisoners in Germany, including prisoners who are totally blind, have amputated limbs, are extensively burned, are paralyzed and have major orthopedic injuries. Nearly all have

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