DSM-IV-TR Casebook Diagnosis of "Supply Sergeant"
The patient, an African American man, was a supply
sergeant in the military during the late 1950s. He was caught by
the military police stealing a deodorant stick from the post exchange. The
army, which had reason to suspect the sergeant of other thefts and
was undeterred by constitutional restraints on search and seizure,
went to his home and reclaimed every piece of army property the
sergeant could not account for. The pile of suppliesuniforms,
blankets, picks and shovels, cartons of canned goods, mess kits,
and so oncould have filled a trailer truck. It was all photographed
on the sergeant's front lawn, and that photo became part
of his army medical file.