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September 1, 1945

Total War and the Human Mind: A Psychologist's Experiences in Occupied Holland

JAMA. 1945;129(1):96. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860350098031

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The name of Major Meerloo is known to the medical profession as that of a competent psychologist and physician. He has written previously on such subjects as the psychology of pain and sorrow. For more than two years he lived under the German oppression. The story of life in Holland during those two years is a convincing personal narrative of that experience with the philosophical comment of a trained observer. He has analyzed Hitler's psychologic weapons and the morale that enabled the Dutch people to resist. A section on the psychology of radio propaganda should be studied by every one interested in the use of the radio as a tool for mass education. His prophylaxis for the next war bids fair to be realized in the new San Francisco charter. Coupled with such an international mechanism, he calls for active education in democracy.

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