The author makes the point with the research numbers that only about 2% of the men could handle combat without mental stress and these men are the psychopaths, the men like Chris Kyle who actually enjoy killing people and love being able to do so not only with impunity but getting praised for their efficiency. For one, human beings have a large capacity to adapt themselves to conditons. If the German and Soviet armies suffered large numbers of collateral psychiatric casualties—soldiers whose psychiatric symptoms manifested themselves in more direct physical symptoms, such as accidents, disease, frostbite, etc. Especially so in light of the evidence which suggests that there are no significant personality traits which immunize the soldier to psychiatric breakdown. Name of your business and form of legal entity: Ami Ventures Inc.
There is a tendency of modern men to regard the problem of mental collapse under fire as pertaining only to recent generations of soldiers. Very different picture emerges when you realize how few men in the military actually were in the front lines and engaged and the numbers that became psychiatric casualties of combat. A consultant to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, he is the author of numerous books on military subjects, including Operation Peace for Galilee and Crisis in Command with Paul Savage. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. In one well documented case a group of Indians chased a soldier fleeing on horseback for nearly six miles. The percentage of psychiatric casualties rises to over 80% of these men.
Granted that such expectations are correct, it is still unclear that the time required for such manifestations to occur would not be longer than the time lost by treating the psychiatric casualty in the first place. All modern armies have plans, doctrines, and medical assets to deal with the problem. The argument against using harsh diagnostic criteria is that cumulative stress will eventually manifest itself in some way regardless of what is done. Bookseller: , Washington, United States. . All this raises the question whether military psychiatrists may simply be wasting their time.
The Germans and Russians in World War I suffered about the same rate of psychiatric casualties as other armies, about nine per thousand. Finally, I thought some of the other assertions made may have have been a little too overarching, and more evidence might have been needed. Just where that leaves the individual soldier of the future, to say nothing of the best-laid plans of military planners, is a question whose implications stagger the imagination. Yet military psychiatry is still a developing discipline in terms of definitively determining which mechanisms work best. It presents interesting insights that might allow us to more equably and properly treat our psychologically wounded and return them to battle earlier.
All other concerns are secondary. Anselm College in Manchester, N. An astonishing report on combat's psychological tolls the author, an army intelligence officer-turned-academician sounds a startling note here. In the 1982 incursion into Lebanon, Israeli psychiatric casualties were twice as high as the number of dead; psychiatric casualties accounted for 27 percent of the total wounded casualties. No More Heroes Madness Psychiatry In War can be very useful guide, and no more heroes madness psychiatry in war play an important role in your products. The loss of men from psychiatric debilitation is fast reaching crisis proportions. Nor is one less amazed by the inventiveness of the human psyche in seeking to save itself from battlefield danger by generating all kinds of symptoms and behavior which get the soldier removed from the very horror that generated the conditions in the first place.
As war becomes more destructive and the battlefield more lethal with each new generation of weapons, the number of men lost to the fighting effort as a result of mental collapse grows, threatening to reduce drastically the combat power of the fighting forces and, in some instances, to overwhelm it altogether. While it is unlikely that this debate will be resolved easily—indeed, the debate along these lines has hardly begun in earnest—what partial evidence there is from military history suggests that there may very well be something to be gained from pursuing it. Chapter 3 examines the nature of combat shock. However, all in all, a very interesting and readable book. History teaches that no matter how well trained the soldier is, no matter how cohesive his units, no matter how good and technically proficient his leaders are, men in battle will succumb to the stresses and strains inflicted upon them by their horribly destructive environment.
Technology, no matter how destructive or sophisticated, has yet to succeed in replacing the human element in achieving success on the field of battle. It is already abundantly clear that warfare has its limits and chief among these is the ability of human beings to remain sane and functional amid the horror that battle necessarily entails. Hardcover with dust jacket, contains notes, 179pp. War has become an activity that has surpassed the ability of human beings to endure it. Please contact me if you are not satisfied with your order in any manner. It happened among Custer's men at the battle of the Little Big Horn. New first edition clothbound hardcover in new jacket.
Moreover, the doctrines and practices of each army are, quite naturally, far more the result of its own battle experiences and the quality and direction of the broader field of psychiatry within its own country than of any systematic attempt to study and incorporate information available from military history or the experiences of other armies. Finally, future wars will most likely incapacitate more soldiers through shock than through killing and wounding. And when soldiers manage for even a short time to withstand the stress of combat and make these weapons work, the destructive power of a modern conventional armed force surpasses anything which mankind has heretofore known in the long history of war. While there is little doubt that concerned military planners in every army make some effort to study the experiences of other armies, the effort has been less than systematic or complete. In short, stringent diagnostic criteria will not eliminate psychiatric casualties but might make their treatment easier while at the same time permitting the psychiatrically broken soldier to function for longer periods of time in the battle zone.
Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. Gabriel, professor of politics at St. Army had adopted a more general and lenient diagnostic system, it suffered a psychiatric casualty rate of thirty-six men per thousand, a rate four times higher. An astonishing report on combat's psychological tolls. This book brings to mind the famous George C. The problem of psychiatric breakdown in battle is thus becoming one of central importance for any military force that can reasonably expect to engage in battle in the future.
If Gabriel is correct, conventional war between superpowers is no longer an acceptable alternative to nuclear conflict. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. There is no doubt that past approaches to the problem will no longer work except under conditions of low-intensity conflict. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. In World War I, the American Army, relying on the harsh diagnostic categories of other armies, suffered a psychiatric casualty rate of about nine men per thousand. This is the price excluding shipping and handling fees a seller has provided at which the same item, or one that is nearly identical to it, is being offered for sale or has been offered for sale in the recent past.