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December 5, 1914

Danger of War News

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(23):2062-2063. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570230072031

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To the Editor:  —It is time the medical profession impressed on the public the danger arising from too much reading and thinking of the war and its tragedies. Consideration of the vastness of the war, with its unnumbered and unspeakable atrocities and its suffering, overstimulates and weakens the mental fiber, and this soon reacts on the physical state of the individual. The husband neglects his wife, the mother her child, sleep is lost, appetite and digestion are impaired by reading of Belgium and blood, Prussia and pillage, Germany and guns, Servia and shrapnel, cholera, ruins, rape, hunger, cold, wounds, widows, orphans, destruction, despair, drunkenness and death. Daily the press of the country places before our greedy eyes all the printable horrors, and as we grasp our paper we breathe a curse or prayer according to the tenor of the latest despatch. The danger of this is increased by the constantly

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