THE MICHIGAN DAILY
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 1941
Present War Will Not Increase
Mental Ills, Dr.Waggoner Says
By A. ?. BLAUSTEIN ber of mental cases may even de-
Discounting the influence of war crease."
in causing nervous disorders, Dr. Dr. Waggoner admitted, however.
Raymond W. Waggoner, director of. that there have been some individ-
the Neuropsychiatric Institute here, uals who have contracted neuroses or
declared in an interview yesterday psychoses because of "war nerves"
that "there is no reason to believe but claimed that the number was
that the present conflict will in- very small.
crease the number of mental cases Several Nervous Ills
in the country today." "Some people might have been
"Many individuals have blamed upset ,by the fact that several ner-
war conditions for their neuroses vous ills were reported in various
and psychoses," Dr. Waggoner as- army camps," he continued, "but I
serted, "but scientists have usually actually the percentage of mental
found other reasons for such condi- diseases among those who have' en-
tions. And psychiatrists have been listed or have been drafted is less I
unable definitely to tie up the factor than can be expected of a cross-
of war with the existence, of mental section of the general population."
ills." . The screaming headlines describ-
Less Signs Of Nervous Diseases ing war atrocities were blamed by
Pointing out that there have been Dr. Waggoner for the few cases of
less signs of nervous diseases in Brit- "war nerves" which have been dis-
ain during the war than before Ger- covered. "If the newspapers would
many began her attacks, Dr. Wag- only present things calmly so that
goner explained that it is the fear of the public could digest events for
what might happen and not what is itself, even the small number of exist-
actually happening which causes ing cases would not have occurred,"
most mental cases. - he xsaid.
Citing the British case again, he l He concluded by saying that most
said that any large-scale psychiatric of the cases of "shell shock" in the'
preparations for this country be- last war were caused by real harm to
cause of the war would be wasteful.
"If we do go to war," he said, "there
is a good indication that the num-
the nervous system and that a great
number of the other cases were prob-
ably due to reasons other than war.
G E N E R A L L Y S P E A K I NC-Military matters at Camp
Blanding, Fla., engross Maj. Geul. J. C. Persons (left), Maj. Gen.
J. F. Williams (center), National Guard Bureau chief; Maj. Gen.
M. B. Payne of New London, Conn., new head of camp.
C U A R D-Enemies make no
passes at Patricia, when Sandy
keeps watch for their Los An-
geles master, Chester Kinnamnon.
D E A L I S S E A L E D-George Halas (left), coach of Chicago
Bears, clinches his deal with Sid Luckman, former Columbia grid
star, who has signed a 1941 contract to play quarterback with the
Bears. And feels that passing arm, too.
N E W-Starry-eyed Jean Dick-
enson, opera soprano, shows off
her new spring coiffure, best for
the starry-eyed species. Petal
curls pile on top, flat curls cling
to the neck.
SWORK AND PLAY FOR
Winter Park, Fla., halts practice to
T E N N I S S T A R-Dorothy May Bundy, Santa Monica girl who's tennis star at Rollins college,
talk with "Puny," monkey given her in Bahia, Brazil, during good will tennis tour of South America.
E X P E R T -An authority on
engineering problems is Dexter
S. i Kimball (above), newly-
named tools and 'equipment
priority executive in the office
of production management, the
defense group. He was Cornell
engineering'dean from 1920-36.
C A T'S E R RO4 R A L M O S T C O S T A L I FE-Because the family cat apparently mistook
it for a mouse, this toy Pomeranian dog almost didn't live to take an hourly feeding from a bottle.
The pup, which weighed one and one-fourth ounces at birth, was grabbed by the cat two days later.
Owner Mrs. Jack Barclay of Shelton, Wash., believes it the smallest puppy ever to survive.
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