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September 6, 1947

Psychological Research in the Theaters of War

JAMA. 1947;135(1):66. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890010068032

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Before the United States entered World War II, psychologists had begun to work out technics of selection of combat crews. Their technics tested aptitude and intelligence and were considered highly successful, although validation was never scientifically achieved. These psychologists so completely sold their services to the air forces that the utilization of psychiatrists for the study and treatment of emotional disorders was greatly neglected. The cost in man power was probably greater than that saved through psychologic selection. The present volume represents the type of psychologic research that completely excludes the dynamic emotional factors responsible for failure in combat. There are dozens of statistical tables concerned with scores, validated by the adage that this is a scientific or score keeping age, and if one doesn't keep score one never knows the score. The editor admits that the evidence presented is at once tenuous and massive and that few of the

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