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Forgotten Lunatics of the Great War

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Although the shell-shocked British soldier of World War I has been a favored subject in both fiction and nonfiction, focus has been on the stories of officers, and the history of the rank-and-file servicemen who were psychiatric casualties has never been told. This profoundly moving book recounts the poignant, sometimes ribald histories of this neglected group for the ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Yale University Press (first published 2004)
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Steelwhisper
We all know what happened to the likes of Sassoon and Graves, those gentlemanly, Oxbridge-educated officers whose "nerves gave out", diagnosed with neurasthenia and treated in a halfway humane, halfway understanding manner mainly because they were upper middle class or upperclass, well-bred and well-educated. Still thought, as was such a rampant thinking then, that the greater sensibility of the noble and refined classes gave leave to stronger nervous and emotional reactions.

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Stephanie McGarrah
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't think I've ever read a 400+ page book on such a niche topic. I had to give it a higher rating because its very well researched. If you ever want to do a paper on the bureaucratic production of "shell shock" and other mental afflictions after WWI, the class divisions in mental health care or the lunatic protests of the Victorian era everything you need to know is here.

Maybe I'm just a super boring person but I found this really interesting, and surprisingly relevant to me since I'm going
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Jane Walker
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Most of us have a vague idea about "shell shock", but this is a particularly opportune time to consider the many thousands of casualties of WW1 who suffered mental health problems. Barham describes how the system treated them, right up to the end of their lives, and tells the story of many individual men and their families. They were forgotten because officialdom wanted to forget them, and it is right that their stories are told.
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Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A thorough and scholarly account of those who suffered and were often forgotten.
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Read for reference for "Fred's Funeral".
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