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THE WAR COMES HOME TO PEDIATRICS

THE WAR COMES HOME TO PEDIATRICS 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American journal of diseases of children American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1946 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0096-8994
eISSN
1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020300008001
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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

Journal

American journal of diseases of childrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 1946

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