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November 6, 1948

Psychiatry in a Troubled World: Yesterday's War and Today's Challenge

JAMA. 1948;138(10):785. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900100065030

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The author of this book is the president of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Central Neuropsychiatric Association, in addition to his duties as chairman of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry and general secretary of the Menninger Foundation. He has accepted these honors modestly but not lightly. He is conscientious and fearless in his administrative duties as well as in his attitudes and beliefs.

The author's background of training and experience, particularly as Chief Consultant in Neuropsychiatry to the Surgeon General of the U. S. Army, has fitted him for the presentation of this comprehensive book. The reader is given a first hand picture of the actual situation and condition of psychiatry in this country at the beginning of World War II, and the obstacles that were necessary to overcome to reach a maximum of efficiency with inadequate personnel and inadequate organization. The author

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