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Between Shell Shock and PTSD? ‘Accident Neurosis’ and Its Sequelae in Post-War Britain (2019)


This article focuses on the concept of ‘accident neurosis’, popularised by neurologist Henry Miller in studies published in 1961. It aims to realise two goals. First, it introduces Miller’s concept of accident neurosis to the broader history of trauma—to a field, that is, more preoccupied with military traumata and clear-cut psychiatric aetiologies. Secondly, I use Miller’s studies, and the considerable legacy they created, to reflect on how historians of trauma construct historical narratives, asking whether there is sufficient appreciation of the ways in which events seem to leak into or retroactively animate one another.

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Authors & Contributors
Loughran, Tracey
Leys, Ruth
Hampe, Michael
Jones, Edgar
Kent, Susan Kingsley
Reid, Fiona
History of Psychiatry
Science in Context
History of the Human Sciences
Journal of Military History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Palgrave Macmillan
University of California, Berkeley
University of Illinois at Chicago
Cambridge University Press
New York University Press
Psychic trauma
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Mental disorders and diseases
World War I
Tedesco, Canio
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century, early
21st century
20th century
19th century
Great Britain
United States
American Psychiatric Association
Great Britain. Royal Air Force

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