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Captain Newman, M. D

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Published July 1st 1986 by Dell Publishing Company (first published June 1st 1961)
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Captain Newman, M.D. invites you to make rounds on the ward of an Army psychiatric hospital where wounded veterans have lost touch with reality and erased memories of civilian life with verdicts of guilt from the battlefield. What is the prognosis for these physically unscared victims of war?

This is a realistic rendering of the consequences of the War's stimuli, a bombardment of visual horrors where men in charge shoulder overwhelming responsibility for the carnage around them. Courage and valor
Charlie Brown
Well, actually I first read this book sometime around 1965--my copy was printed in 1964. A WWII novel, set in an N.P. (neuro-psychiatric) ward on air base in the American southwest. No shots are fired in this slim war novel. I admire Mr. Rosten's ability to bring characters to life through dialog. Captain Newman and his patients, backed up by his ward man, the incredible Laibowitz, all assume a three-dimensional nature that draws me back again and again. Though Newman uses the tools of psychoana ...more
Mel [profile closed]
I read this 100 years ago and remember it as a laugh-out-loud book. Hopefully the humor carries.
A favorite of mine, it's about a Army Air Force (they were the same at the time) psychiatrist and the wing of the hospital run in the hot Arizona desert during WWII. Told by a lieutenant who is sent to be an aide to Captain Newman (who is not "regular Army" and thus tends to rub the Top Brass a bit the wrong way), one learns of the various persons at Camp Colfax, both personnel serving in the Army Air Force hospital wing and patients. It's part humorous and part sad - the traditional comedy/trag ...more
I read this when I was a young adult, mainly because I had been told it was funny (it is.) But this is a book that has always stayed with me because of the main character's humanity - particularly, the story he tells at the end about how various types of people prepare for a disastrous flood.
This classic is a wonderfully funny, moving read. Has stuck in my head since I read it in the early 1980s and have re-read several times. Nice picture of the writing style of this era, as well. Like watching a Doris Day flick.

IMDB description: In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake Leibowitz. The military in general is only just coming to accept psychiatric disorders as legitimate and Newman generally has 6 weeks to cure them or send them on to another facili
Read this book when I was a young or pre-teen. Very funny/serious novel later made into a very good movie.
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Leo Calvin Rosten (April 11, 1908 - February 19, 1997) was born in Lodz, Russian Empire (now Poland) and died in New York City. He was a teacher and academic, but is best known as a humorist in the fields of scriptwriting, storywriting, journalism and Yiddish lexicography.
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