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“His Nerves Gave Way”: Shell Shock, History and the Memory of the First World War in Britain (2014)


During the First World War soldiers suffered from a wide range of debilitating nervous complaints as a result of the stresses and strains of modern warfare. These complaints -- widely known as shell shock -- were the subject of much medical-military debate during the war and became emblematic of the war and its sufferings afterwards. One hundred years after the war the diagnosis of PTSD has not resolved the issues initially raised by First World War shell shock. The stigma of mental illness remains strong and it is still difficult to commemorate and remember the mental wounds of war in a culture which tend to glory or glamorise military heroes.

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, Edgar
Humphries, Mark Osborne
Crouthamel, Jason
Montgomery, Adam
Adams, Martin R.
Rebecca Ayako Bennette
Twentieth-Century British History
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Journal of the History of Sexuality
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
History of Psychiatry
Cornell University Press
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Palgrave Macmillan
McGill-Queen's University Press
Canadian Defence Academy Press
Australian Military History Publications
World War I
Psychology and war
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
War neuroses
Weizmann, Chaim
Wagner-Jauregg, Julius von
Roussy, Gustave
Myers, Charles Samuel
Babinski, Joseph
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
18th century
Great Britain
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)
United States

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