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How psychiatric symptoms varied in World War I and II

How psychiatric symptoms varied in World War I and II

Military Medicine 158(3): 149-151

Psychiatric syndromes may be differentially expressed according to cultural expectation. An examination of the literature reveals a predominance of conversion symptoms in World War I and a relative decrease among World War II neuropsychiatric casualties. In the latter conflict, by contrast, "combat exhaustion" and psychosomatic disorders comprised the majority of non-psychotic psychiatric casualties. Determinants of this changing "vocabulary of distress" are discussed.

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