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January 1959

College Men at War.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(1):165-166. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270010171028

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The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has made a handsome volume in publishing the late John P. Monks' painstaking and detailed study of what happened to a small group of college students who had already been selected for a different kind of long-term investigation in the Grant Study at Harvard. When they joined the armed forces in World War II, there was a unique opportunity for using human material, men who before going into their several fighting stations had been studied by the same psychiatric, psychological, physiological, anthropological, and social methods. This provided the base-line data as a standard for comparison. The purpose of the study reported in the book was to find out, if possible, what kind of college men did well at war and why. Were volunteers better than conscripts? What happened to different kinds of people under the frustrating regimentation of a completely unfamiliar military existence?

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