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July 1956

A Follow-Up Study of World War II Prisoners of War.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(1):124-125. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250250130025

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This small monograph, one of a series to be published by the Veterans Administration (or already in print; no series number or other means of judging is given) contains the data and conclusions from a record and questionnaire survey of nearly 8000 World War II prisoners.

The investigation was conducted jointly by the National Research Council and the Veterans Administration.

Three principal reasons for undertaking such a survey come to mind: (1) to gain experience in and evaluate the methods used, (2) to learn the answer to the question posed, and (3) to pick up unusual or chance observations which may give a clue to some apparently unrelated problem ("serendipidy"). The last often turns out to be the most profitable but is best left for the individual reader to discover.

The question posed was, for men taken prisoner during World War II, "to what extent their prison experience has affected

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