Behavior: Israel as a Laboratory

For Israeli psychiatrists and psychologists, the Yom Kippur War was a bench mark. Before it, nation building and the chronic threat of war seemed to leave little room for worry about personal emotional problems. Esteem for the psychosciences was low, at least by Western standards. Since the 1973 war, public respect for psychiatry has risen sharply. For one thing, many psychiatrists and psychologists performed heroically during the conflict: they moved to the front with the troops to deal with battle shock on the spot; behind the lines they manned crisis centers to treat soldiers and civilians alike. Their work was doubly...

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