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August 25, 1945

THE WAR ENDS

JAMA. 1945;128(17):1230. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860340036010

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Abstract

Suddenly the war ended. Men and women were mostly jubilant; some sorrowful; some even apathetic, with a feeling of exhaustion. The control over gasoline was removed; almost immediately roads were overwhelmed with traffic. Along the curbs stood motor cars with tires that burst or springs that cracked or engines that stuck—reminders that motoring will have to await a return to normalcy. So also with human beings—the stresses and strains of the war reveal themselves in a variety of inadequacies—combat neurosis was not limited to the military services.

The end of the war in Europe brought to the headquarters of the American Medical Association a veritable deluge of letters from medical officers urging that steps be taken at once to insure their instant separation from the service. Occasionally a wife wrote saying "You got my husband into this; now you get him out!" The letter from five medical officers in England,

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