Book ID: CBB472571862

Shell-Shock and Medical Culture in First World War Britain (2017)


Loughran, Tracey (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 290
Language: English

Shell-Shock and Medical Culture in First World War Britain is a thought-provoking reassessment of medical responses to war-related psychological breakdown in the early twentieth century. Dr Loughran places shell-shock within the historical context of British psychological medicine to examine the intellectual resources doctors drew on as they struggled to make sense of nervous collapse. She reveals how medical approaches to shell-shock were formulated within an evolutionary framework which viewed mental breakdown as regression to a level characteristic of earlier stages of individual or racial development, but also ultimately resulted in greater understanding and acceptance of psychoanalytic approaches to human mind and behaviour. Through its demonstration of the crucial importance of concepts of mind-body relations, gender, willpower and instinct to the diagnosis of shell-shock, this book locates the disorder within a series of debates on human identity dating back to the Darwinian revolution and extending far beyond the medical sphere.

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Authors & Contributors
Loughran, Tracey
Jones, Edgar
Linden, Stefanie Caroline
Gayral, Louis-François
Lestrade, Cécile
Leese, Peter J.
Social History of Medicine
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
History of Psychiatry
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Twentieth-Century British History
Medical History
Australian Military History Publications
Palgrave Macmillan
Syracuse University
University of Pennsylvania
McGill-Queen's University Press
World War I
War neuroses
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
Mental disorders and diseases
Voivenel, Paul
Harold Gillies
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
Great Britain
London (England)
United States
Royal Edinburgh Asylum

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