Reveille in Washington

William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(5):537-539. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620290003001.
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The capital city of a nation in wartime presents interesting aspects of clinical disease with clear analogies to certain organized or disorganized forms of mental illness. If such capitals are destroyed or overrun, the raw material of history, or much of it, may go down the drain with them. This is not necessarily the case. Like Stalingrad they may become phoenixes, rising as monuments out of the ashes of destruction. Reveille in Washington first appeared in 1941 at a time when Washington once again was a war-bewildered, war-bedeviled capital, even though conquering armies did not directly overrun it, unless its own military and governmental people can be said to have overrun it. Now with the midphase of the centennial celebrations of the Civil War going full blast many of us who are trapped in the obsession with the decimal system have become a little bored, even though the passage of


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