Introduction War Office Selection Boards, or WOSBs, (pronounced Wosbees) were a scheme devised by British Army psychiatrists during World War II to select potential officers for the British Army. They replaced an earlier method, the Command Interview Board, and were the precursors to today’s Army Officer Selection Boards. The WOSBs were also later adapted to… Read More
Civil Resettlement Units: Getting in Shape for Civvy Street
Introduction Civil Resettlement Units, or CRUs, was a scheme created during the Second World War by Royal Army Medical Corps psychiatrists to help British Army servicemen who had been prisoners of war (POWs) to return to civilian life, and to help their families and communities to adjust to having them back. Units were set up… Read More
Who was Thomas Forrest Main?
Introduction Thomas Forrest Main (1911-1990) was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who coined the term ‘therapeutic community’. He is particularly remembered for his often cited paper, The Ailment (1957). Life Thomas Main was born on 25 February 1911 in Johannesburg, where his father was a mine manager who had emigrated there from England. At the start… Read More
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