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His assailant, Dr. Ishida, when seized and disarmed said he had shot him because he called him a spy, a traitor to Japan and the United States.
There was absolutely no ground for this assertion, or for the statement which was made in some of the daily papers that there was a coolness between the two men and some jealousies.
As far as could be seen the two who had been in more or less intimate contact since January, 1918, and who had been closely associated since August when Dr. Ishida came to live at the hospital, were on terms of perfect amity.
They were seen conversing and laughing together in the evening before the tragedy. Dr. Ishida was arrested immediately following the tragedy and has been confined in jail ever since. At the request of the prosecuting attorney of Baltimore County the court has directed the State Commission in Lunacy to make an inquiry into Dr. Ishida's mental condition. This inquiry has not been concluded.
Dr. Wolff is survived by his father and mother and a sister and brother.
His memory will long be held with tender regard by all connected with the hospital which he so well served, as well as by the large number of patients who came under his kindly and skillful ministration during the more than six years of his service at the hospital.
He was a member of the American Medico-Psychological Association, of the American Medical Association, The Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland (the state medical organization), the Maryland Psychiatric Association and the Baltimore County, Md., Medical Society.
THE WORK OF PSYCHIATRISTS IN MILITARY
By E. STANLEY ABBOT, MAJOR, M. R. C., U. S. A.
INTRODUCTORY. The primary work of the military camp is to make soldiers. To it are sent the young men of suitable age, after a more or less thorough sorting process. This first sieve is a rather coarse one, and many men get through who cannot be made into good soldiers, i. e., men who cannot only fight, but endure the hardships, strains, and fatigue incident to modern warfare. The man who, barring wounds, cannot last through is a liability, not an asset, and must be eliminated.
Part of the medical work of the army is to eliminate these men while they are still in the training camps. This makes for a more efficient army, through its having fewer weaklings; it makes for economy for the government, through eliminating the cost of maintaining and training them in the first place, later the cost of taking care of them when they break down, and later still the cost of pensioning them; and, finally, it is more just to the men themselves by not subjecting them to strains which they cannot stand. Experts in various fields are called upon to make surveys of the men for this purpose-cardiovascular, tubercular, orthopedic, and neuropsychiatric.
Some men, though having defects—as flat feet, hernia, irritable heart, etc.—can be made into good soldiers. But the number of men with nervous or mental disease who can be made into serviceable soldiers is so small that in drawing a rough sketch of the work of psychiatrists these need not be considered.
* Read at the seventy-fourth annual meeting of the American MedicoPsychological Association, Chicago, June 4-7, 1918.