A STUDY OF COMBAT STRESS, KOREA, 1952
RESEARCH ANALYSIS CORP MCLEAN VA
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More than 100 infantry soldiers were examined, tested, and interviewed by a team of physiologists, psychologist, and psychiatrists in order to determine physiological and psychological changes resulting from combat stress in Korea in 1952. The analysis of blood and urine specimens indicated definite physiological changes had resulted from combat. Physiological disturbances included dehydration, absence of certain types of adult white blood cells, and prolonged high levels of adrenal activity. Physiological functions generally had not returned to normal 4 days after combat exposure. Psychological tests of higher mental functions did not indicate significant changes after combat stress. Effective leadership was cited as the most important factor in lessening the stressful experiences of combat. Tests were successfully administered to front-line infantrymen with complete subject cooperations.
- Stress Physiology