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TREATMENT OF VICTIMS SPECIAL HOMES NOT FAVOURED Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. The question of the treatment that should be given war neurosis cases was something that he knew was troubling a great • many people in New Zealand, said the Minister of Health, Mr. Nordmeyer, in the House last night when replying to the second reading debate on the Nurses and Midwives' Bill. He added that the advice the Government had from medical men in the Mental Hospitals Department and the Health Department, and medical men in private practice was that the very worst thing that could be done for the average neurosis case was to treat him as a problem and put him into an institution.

"We did seriously contemplate, in the early stages of the war, continued the Minister, "having some homes for these men, and it is right that I should say that many most generous offers were made to us by people who possessed big homes to make them available, in some cases completely free of charge, for such purpose, but after taking all the advice we could get we came to the conclusion it was not in the soldiers' interest that they should be segregated and taught to regard themselves as though they were problems. . .

"It is true we have a psychiatric hospital, or at least a neurosis hospital, at Hanmer, where not only these neurosis cases but also many other cases are treated. Any institutional treatment required for that type of case can be given there." Mr. Nordmeyer said everyone whose opinion was worth while was emphatic that the best way to treat the average neurosis case was to get him back to normal life—to work, to his home and to his friends —so that he would settle down.

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WAR NEUROSIS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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WAR NEUROSIS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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