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War Surgery and Medicine

Second World War

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Second World War

During the Second World War perhaps the major problem in war medicine was that of the breakdown of personnel from psychotic and psychoneurotic disabilities. Up to September 1942 there had been 38,000 discharges from the British Army on account of neuroses, but at that time only 5.7 per cent were granted pensions. The total was about one-third of the total invaliding, a figure which was stated to be comparable to the incidence of psychiatric illness in civil life in the United Kingdom and other countries.