oa South African Medical Journal - A psychiatrist's experience in te 2nd World War

Volume 21, Issue 23
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Figure are given showing (a) the incidence of the various classes of psychiatric condition amongst admissions to psychiatric units affecting U.K., non-U.K. and African patients; and (b) the frequency of the various psychoneurotic and psychotic diagnoses in the above classes. The figures indicate a higher incidence of psychopathic personality and psychotic reactions amongst non-U.K. patients, and of psychoneurotic reaction amongst U.K. patients. Psychotic breakdowns gave a highest relative incidence amongst African patients. Some comments of a general nature are made on the mentally backward soldier and on the aetiology of the schizophrenic reaction in the Services; and a view of the psychopathology of the psychoneurotic reaction is briefly outlined.

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