Psychiatry in the British Army in the Second World War: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Psychiatry in the British Army in the Second World War

1st Edition

By Robert H. Ahrenfeldt


326 pages

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Originally published in 1958, this account of the work of psychiatrists in the British Army during the Second World War is based on the study of all available documents, published and unpublished, as well as on the author’s first-hand experience of the clinical and administrative aspects of Army psychiatry. It deals not only with the wartime problems presented by the high incidence of mental illness, and the large numbers of mentally backward and maladjusted men (as they were termed then) in the Service, but also with the methods developed for the selection and efficient use of personnel and officers in the face of acute shortage of man-power; the psychiatric aspects of discipline, morale, training and prolonged service overseas; the treatment and evacuation of psychiatric battle casualties in the forward areas, under difficult and varied conditions; the rehabilitation of disabled ex-servicemen, and the civil resettlement of repatriated prisoners of war.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr J.R. Rees. Preface. 1. Introduction 2. Personnel Selection 3. Officer Selection 4. Mental Defect and Dullness 5. Disciplinary Problems 6. Treatment and Disposal of Psychiatric Cases 7. Forward Psychiatry 8. Problems of Training and Morale 9. Rehabilitation and Civil Resettlement of Repatriated Prisoners of War 10. Conclusion. Appendices. List of Abbreviations. General Bibliography. Supplementary (Technical) Bibliography. Index.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Psychiatry

Psychiatry is a medical field concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health conditions. Routledge Library Editions: Psychiatry (24 Volume set) brings together titles, originally published between 1958 and 1997. The set demonstrates the varied nature of mental health and how we as a society deal with it. Covering a number of areas including child and adolescent psychiatry, alternatives to psychiatry, the history of mental health and psychiatric epidemiology.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health