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A war of nerves : soldiers and psychiatrists in the twentieth century

Author: Ben Shephard
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001.
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"A War of Nerves is a history of military psychiatry in the twentieth century - an authoritative, accessible account drawing on a vast range of diaries, interviews, medical papers, and official records, from doctors as well as ordinary soldiers. It reaches back to the moment when the technologies of modern warfare and the disciplines of psychology and medicine first confronted each other on the Western Front, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Shephard
ISBN: 0674005929 9780674005921 0674011198 9780674011199
OCLC Number: 45460875
Description: xxiii, 487 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: the shock of the shell --
Doctors' minds --
Shell-shock in France --
Trench work --
The Somme --
Psychiatry at the front, 1917-18 --
Home fires --
Europeans --
Arguments and enigmas, 1917-18 --
'Skirting the edges of hell' --
Inquests --
'Will peace bring peace?' --
The lessons of shell-shock --
Dunkirk, the blitz and the blue --
'We can save those boys from horror' --
Front-line psychiatry --
New ways of war --
D-day and after --
A tale of two hospitals --
The helmeted airman --
Learning from the Germans? --
prisoners of war --
A good war? --
Vietnam doctors --
From post-Vietnam syndrome to post-traumatic stress disorder --
'When the patient reports atrocities ... --
From the Falklands to the Gulf --
The culture of trauma --
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This is a history of military psychiatry in the 20th century, an authoritative account drawing on a vast range of diaries, interviews, medical papers and official records from doctors and soldiers.  Read more...

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