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November 24, 1917

Shell Shock and Its Lessons.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(21):1821. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590480075038

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This is a remarkably fine and most timely little book. Abroad our colleagues are constantly seeing examples of shell shock, and unless present signs fail, many of our medical men, military and civil, are going to see the same thing. A more succinct and reasonable treatment of the subject can scarcely be imagined. Chapters IV and V are devoted to a spirited criticism of the British attitude on insanity and the insane, on neuroses and the neuropaths, are not particularly germane to the title of the book, and are less applicable, we hope, to the United States than to England. But the preceding chapters on shell shock are wholly admirable. Any physician expecting to see such cases should be compelled to read these chapters with care. Before the patient can be shown that he has not a mysterious, unheard of, horrible malady, the physician must be as familiar with this

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