Medicine: The General Was Neurotic

Dashing, golden-haired George Armstrong Custer, a major general at 24, was a wild daredevil of a soldier and the greatest Indian fighter of his time—according to the history books. Schoolboys are told that the battle to the last man at the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876 was one of the most heroic chapters in U.S. history.

To doctors, Custer's Last Stand has become a fascinating study in psychoneurosis. Several eminent U.S. medicos have recently been carrying on a lively posthumous psychiatric analysis of General Custer in the medical journals. The discussion began,...

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