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    Broken Men Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain, 1914-1930

    ISBN-10: 144114885X
    ISBN-13: 9781441148858
    Author(s): Fiona Reid
    Description: Shell shock achieved a very high political profile in the years 1919-1922. Publications ranging from John Bull to the Morning Post insisted that shell-shocked men should be treated with respect, and the Minister for Health announced that the  More...
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    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 224
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 0.308
    Language: English

    Shell shock achieved a very high political profile in the years 1919-1922. Publications ranging from John Bull to the Morning Post insisted that shell-shocked men should be treated with respect, and the Minister for Health announced that the government was committed to protecting shell-shocked men from the stigma of lunacy. Yet at the same time, many mentally-wounded veterans were struggling with a pension system which was failing to give them security. It is this conflict between the political rhetoric and the lived experience of many wounded veterans that explains why the government was unable to dispel the negative wartime assessment of official shell-shock treatment. There was also a real conflict between the government's wish to forget shell shock whilst memorialising the war and remembering the war dead. As a result of these contradictions, shell shock was not forgotten, on the contrary, the shell-shocked soldier quickly grew to symbolise the confusions and inconsistencies of the Great War.

    Illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Shell Shock and Weak Nerves
    Encountering Shell-Shocked Men
    Lest We Forget
    Lunatics and Lunacy Reform
    No Longer 'Nerve-Wracked Boys'
    Shell Shock and Veterans' Voices
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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