Medicine: War and the Mind

The U.S. Army now discharges hundreds of mental cases a week. When a man has a mental crackup in battle, his local draft board may be to blame—chances are two to one that he showed signs of mental disease before he was inducted. Captain David J. Flicker of the Army Medical Corps estimates in War Medicine that draft boards oblivious to mental disease and overworked Army psychiatrists catch only 25% of future Army misfits.

The Weakling Fallacy. In July 1918, export of mental cases to the Army in France reached such proportions that General...

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