Medicine: Sissy or Neurotic?

Has psychiatry played a useful role in the U.S. Army? This moot question got an airing last week in the American Mercury. Dr. Karl Murdock Bowman, president of the American Psychiatric Association and professor of psychiatry at the University of California Medical School, answered charges by Psychologist Henry Charles Link.

Against Coddling. Dr. Link had asserted in the July Mercury that most military psychiatrists are "extremists." Said he:

¶ They diagnose as psychoneurotic many men who are "sissies, poor sports, hypochondriacs and malingerers." This applies to many of the 802,000 men turned down in the...

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