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Looking for Malingerers

Friday, September 23, 2005 at 8:06 AM

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Today, medical professionals refer to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, when discussing the emotional disturbances of soldiers who return home traumatized by war. But during World War II, the malady was known as Combat Fatigue, and it was taken much less seriously. Lyndhurst resident Lt. Jean Heisler was a psychologist during WWII and her job was to test soldiers to see if they were really suffering from war stress, or whether they were just faking it. ideastream's David C. Barnett spoke with Jean Heisler about how she rooted out the malingerers.

Further Reading:

* Holden, Wendy - Shell Shock: The psychological Impact of War (Channel 4 Books, 1998)
* Cowdry, Albert E. - Fighting for Life: American Military Medicine in WWII (Free Press, 1994)
* Shay, Jonathan - Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (Touchstone/Simon Schuster, 1995)