HOSPITAL SHIP PSYCHIATRY IN A WAR ZONE
NAVAL HOSPITAL PHILADELPHIA PA
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A report of psychiatric experience aboard the U. S. Navy hospital ship Repose is presented. A survey of 143 psychiatric cases admitted during the ships initial operations in the Viet Nam combat zone from February through August 1966 was recorded. Sixty-seven percent of these patients were classified as character and behavior disorders, 20 percent as psychoneurotic, and 13 percent as psychotic. Similarities and differences on demographic variables are presented and discussed. Fifty-two percent of the character and behavior disorder patients and 75 percent of the psychoneurotic patients were returned to full duty. The role of the hospital ship as an intermediate echelon of psychiatric treatment in the war area is described.
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