Let There Be Light

Seventy-five U.S. service members ‚Äî recent combat veterans suffering from various “nervous conditions” including psychoneurosis battle neurosis conversion disorder amnesia severe stammering and anxiety states ‚Äî are followed in the course of their medical management. A series of scenes chronicles their entry into the military psychiatric hospital treatment and eventual recovery and discharge all typically in a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Treatments depicted include narcosynthesis hypnosis group psychotherapy music therapy and work therapy. The highlighted cases are presented as marked therapeutic successes accompanied by upbeat musical cues although the narrator cautions after one dramatic recovery that “the neurosis is not cured”.


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