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T h i s failure is reflected in the h i g h a d m i s s i o n rates for n e u r o p s y c h i a t r i c casualties r e c o r d e d in W o r l d W a r I, in W o r l d W a r II, a n d in the K o r e a n W a r . D u r i n g the S e c o n d W o r l d W a r b e t w e e n J a n u a r y 1 9 4 3 a n d D e c e m b e r 1 9 4 5 , t h e r e w e r e 4 0 9 , 8 8 7 n e u r o p s y c h i a t r i c p a t i e n t s a d m i t t e d to a r m y hospitals in the o v e r s e a s t h e a t e r s alone. O f t h e s e p a t i e n t s , 1 2 7 , 6 6 0 w e r e e v a c u a t e d to the U n i t e d States.

Tischler fest p s y c h i a t r i c d i s o r d e r s w h i l e in the s e r v i c e t h a n p r e v i o u s l y w e l l - i n t e g r a t e d m e n . T h e a u t h o r s p o i n t e d o u t , h o w e v e r , t h a t in all probability only o n e t h i r d of t h e m e n s e r v i n g in t h e a r m y w h o could h a v e b e e n disqualified o n n e u r o p s y c h i a t r i c g r o u n d s at the t i m e of i n d u c t i o n , h a d their p r e d i s p o s i t i o n b e e n k n o w n , b e c a m e p s y c h i a t r i c casualties w h i l e in t h e service.

Printing Office, Washington, D. C , 1958. Comments of the discussants indicate that Niesei troops serving in the Fifth and Seventh Infan­ try Divisions exhibited lower incidence rates for neuropsychiatric disorders even though they were frequently called upon to undertake extremely hazardous assign­ ments. The same observation was made concerning an elite unit, the First Special Service Force in Italy. 24 Gary L. Tischler d e t e r m i n e d b y t h e p e r s o n a l i t y s t r u c t u r e of t h e i n d i v i d u a l a n d r e ­ flected in his s t r e s s o r - s t i m u l i threshold.

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