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July 1946

THE WAR COMES HOME TO PEDIATRICS: Presidential Address

Author Affiliations

Director, Rochester Child Health Project, Section on Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic ROCHESTER, MINN.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;72(1):1-5. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020300008001
Abstract

AT A recent staff meeting in Rochester a commander in the Navy who had served as a psychiatrist throughout the war both at the front and in large base hospitals showed the Navy films on "Combat Fatigue" and "Irritability." At the end of the conference after the lights were on, he said in effect: "We have shown you these films to demonstrate the pathogenesis of many instances of war neurosis and to show you how we try to treat them. But one thing which has not been mentioned stands out in my experience. Each one of these mentally ill men had in his background an underlying emotional insecurity which dated back to family situations, often into babyhood. If we are going to prevent psychoneurosis in future conflicts, we have got to begin in earliest infancy to breed into our babies a basic sort of security which we have failed to

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