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Shell Shock: Traumatic Neurosis and the British Soldiers of the First World War

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To the British soldiers of the Great War who heard about it, "shell shock" was uncanny, amusing, and sad. To those who experienced it, the condition was shameful, unjustly stigmatized, and life-changing. The first full-length study of the British "shell shocked" soldiers of the Great War combines social and medical history to investigate the experience of psychological cas ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 21st 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published July 12th 2002)
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Hannah
Nov 21, 2011 Hannah rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I thought that this book was very informative and interesting. I enjoyed the first two sections, Discoveries and Wartime, far more than the last section, Legacies, because they were less statistical. The issue of shell shock and how it is remembered is very important for our understanding of war in the 20th century and I believe that this book gives a good overview of the background to shell shock.

A weakness of the book was that, while it deals with the causes of shell shock and the medical, mil
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Lisa
This book was very informative and intriguing. I especially appreciate Prof. Leese's careful scholarship and assertion that shell shock is not PTSD by another name. There are many lessons here about the effect of modern warfare, the reintegration of veterans into civilian life, and the reinterpretation of events by later generations.
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