Medicine: Psychiatry Up Front

Alongside its totals for dead and wounded from October's battles for the Kumwha ridges, the Eighth Army in Korea was checking another figure last week: manpower losses caused by mental illness. From just behind the front, Psychiatrist Robert J. Lavin sent in an encouraging report on the 7th Division. Of 250 men who had shambled into his tent during the month, said Captain Lavin, he had been able to send no fewer than 247 back to duty. The great majority went back to combat within four or five days, and most of the others got service (e.g., as stretcher bearers) in...

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