War: Coming Up Slowly

At a sprawling U.S. Army hospital in Tokyo last week, the American war prisoners returned by the Communists were recovering from their ordeal. The wards swarmed with doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, intelligence officers. Some of the returnees sunbathed on foam-rubber mattresses and went to the hospital movies at night. Many were still numb and apathetic. They were slowly getting used to freedom again, like deep-sea divers coming up foot by foot for fear of the bends.

"They just don't seem to care," said a hospital aide. "They're not interested in the PX, they don't want to read books or newspapers, they're not even...

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