Book ID: CBB093754196

The Invisible Injured: Psychological Trauma in the Canadian Military from the First World War to Afghanistan (2017)


Montgomery, Adam (Author)

McGill-Queen's University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 352 pp.
Language: English

Canadian soldiers returning home have always been changed by war and peacekeeping, frequently in harmful but unseen ways. The Invisible Injured explores the Canadian militarys continuous battle with psychological trauma from 1914 to 2014 to show that while public understanding and sympathy toward affected soldiers has increased, myths and stigmas have remained. Whether diagnosed with shell shock, battle exhaustion, or post-traumatic stress disorder, Canadian troops were at the mercy of a military culture that promoted stoic and manly behaviour while shunning weakness and vulnerability. Those who admitted to mental difficulties were often ostracized, released from the military, and denied a pension. Through interviews with veterans and close examination of accounts and records on the First World War, the Second World War, and post-Cold War peacekeeping missions, Adam Montgomery outlines the intimate links between the military, psychiatrists, politicians, and the Canadian public. He demonstrates that Canadians views of trauma developed alongside the nations changing role on the international stage from warrior nation to peacekeeper. While Canadians took pride in their militarys accomplishments around the globe, soldiers who came back haunted by their experiences were often ignored. Utilizing a wide range of historical sources and a frank approach, The Invisible Injured is the first book-length history of trauma in the Canadian military over the past century. It is a timely and provocative study that points to past mistakes and outlines new ideas of courage and determination.

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Review Tim Cook (2018) Review of "The Invisible Injured: Psychological Trauma in the Canadian Military from the First World War to Afghanistan". American Historical Review (pp. 569-570). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Humphries, Mark Osborne
Marchand, Nicolas
Mason, Fred
Kampf, Antje
Spiers, Edward M.
Wingfield, Nancy M.
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Journal of the History of Sexuality
Central European History
Canadian Historical Review
Journal of Medical Biography
Cambridge University Press
Reaktion Books
Borden Institute
University of Western Ontario (Canada)
University of Ottawa (Canada)
University of Pennsylvania
World War I
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
World War II
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Mental disorders and diseases
Cold War
Somerville, Thomas
Conant, James Bryant
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
21st century
United States
Great Britain
New Zealand
Canada. Canadian Army. Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Harvard University

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