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October 20, 1945

Psychiatry in Modern Warfare

JAMA. 1945;129(8):581. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860420049028

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Abstract

A short, factual and sound statement of the psychiatric problems in modern warfare. The main part of this little volume deals with a comparison of the methods and utilization of psychiatric practice in the two world wars. Etiology, symptomatology, frequency, treatment and prognosis of the main psychiatric conditions encountered in the armed forces are given in a concise and readable manner. It is surprising that full utilization of psychiatry was not made by the armed forces until late in the war. Demobilization with attendant problems are thoughtfully stated in the last third of the book. Many valuable suggestions for physicians, psychiatrists, social workers, employers and others concerned with helping the veteran return to civil life will be found. It is a well written book that gives an epitome of the authors' vast experience and knowledge in a special field of psychiatry.

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