Book ID: CBB451813888

A Weary Road: Shell Shock in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918 (2018)


More than 16,000 Canadian soldiers suffered from shell shock during the Great War of 1914 to 1918. Despite significant interest from historians, we still know relatively little about how it was experienced, diagnosed, treated, and managed in the frontline trenches in the Canadian and British forces.How did soldiers relate to suffering comrades? Did large numbers of shell shock cases affect the outcome of important battles? Was frontline psychiatric treatment as effective as many experts claimed after the war? Were Canadians treated any differently than other Commonwealth soldiers? A Weary Road is the first comprehensive study to address these important questions. Author Mark Osborne Humphries uses research from Canadian, British, and Australian archives, including hundreds of newly available hospital records and patient medical files, to provide a history of war trauma as it was experienced, treated, and managed by ordinary soldiers.

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Authors & Contributors
Loughran, Tracey
Jones, Edgar
Linden, Stefanie Caroline
Gayral, Louis-François
Lestrade, Cécile
Matsumura, Janice
History of Psychiatry
Social History of Medicine
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Twentieth-Century British History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Australian Military History Publications
McGill-Queen's University Press
Pen and Sword Books
Cambridge University Press
Cornell University Press
Manchester University Press
World War I
War neuroses
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
Mental disorders and diseases
Psychology and war
Voivenel, Paul
Boschi, Gaetano
Time Periods
20th century, early
Great Britain
Royal Edinburgh Asylum

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