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April 21, 1945

Soldier to Civilian: Problems of Readjustment

JAMA. 1945;127(16):1086. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860160062031

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Abstract

Current interest in the problems of reconversion from war to peace is given sound directional guidance by the recent availability of books on the subject, such as "Soldier to Civilian." Admittedly a discussion of one of the many phases of the returning veteran, this is an exceptionally carefully reasoned and scientifically accurate approach to the subject. From previous experience in psychiatric work and a review of a few of the problems that confront the discharged service man and woman the author focuses attention on the main conflicts that are likely to arise with demobilization. In an orderly fashion the whole effect of the war on the average soldier is discussed. A brief summary of the mental equipment the average citizen took with him to induction is given at the beginning of the book. The effect of the military services is described next.

The second half of the book is devoted

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