Medicine: Togetherness in Disaster

When ships go down, the cry goes up: "Women and children first!" Now two reputable psychiatrists have decided that the age-old rule of the sea, aimed at helping those least able to help themselves, should be thrown overboard.

They base their conclusion on experience. Dr. Paul Friedman of Manhattan's Beth Israel Hospital and Dr. Louis Linn of Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital were aboard the lie de France on the night of July 25, 1956, when the Stockholm collided with the Andrea Doria. As several hundred survivors were brought onto the lie, the psychiatrists spoke to them and noted their psychological condition. Reporting...

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