Medicine: Old Sergeant Syndrome

In the ranks of World War II's foot soldiers, there were always the iron men —tough noncoms who stood out as the most efficient, best disciplined men in their outfits. But sometimes even the iron men cracked up and had to be carted to the rear muttering the confused soliloquies of soldiers suddenly smitten with combat fatigue.

Last week in a special report distributed to all its medical officers, the U.S. Army Medical Department told why some of the old reliables broke down. The explanation gave some insight into how most soldiers managed to...

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