A Comment on World War II Repression

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Abstract

B. P. Karon and A. J. Widener (1997) asserted that World War II combat neuroses provide “ample evidence” (p. 339) of repressed memory. The primary item of supporting evidence, an anecdote about an airman injured in a crash and treated by a Veterans Affairs psychiatrist after the war, is contradicted by reference data indicating that the aircraft described in the anecdote (a two-man bomber with a tailgunner in a separate tail turret) did not exist. When informed of this problem, A. J. Widener provided a list of aircraft allegedly fitting the profile, but none actually does so.

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