Medicine: N-P

Every month thousands of men return home from preinduction examinations or from the U.S. Army with N-P stamped on their medical records. N-P (neuropsychiatric) sometimes means insane but usually means psychoneurotic. What psychoneurotic means, few laymen know.* Most psychoneurotics do not know either. Many of them think they are insane or soon will be. So do family and neighbors who look askance, and employers who sometimes refuse jobs. (Last week the Army changed its N-P stamp to read "Unsuited for military service.") Because few NPs discuss their plight, few people realize how many...

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