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Description - A War of Nerves, A by Ben Shephard

I wish you could be here," the Oxford Professor of Medicine wrote to a friend in 1915, "in this orgy of neuroses and psychoses and gaits and paralyses. I cannot imagine what has got into the central nervous system of the men." 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. It reaches back to the moment when the technologies of modern warfare and the disciplines of mental medicine first confronted each other on the Western Front, and traces their uneasy relationship through the eras of 'shell-shock', combat fatigue and 'post-traumatic stress disorder'. At once absorbing historical narrative and intellectual detective story, it tells the full story of 'shell-shock'; explains the disastrous psychological aftermath of Vietnam; and shows how psychiatrists kept men fighting in Burma. But it also tries to answer recurring questions about the effects of war. Why do some men crack and others not? Are the limits of resistance determined by character, heredity, upbringing, ideology or simple biochemistry? It explores the ethical dil

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780712667838
ISBN-10: 0712667830
Format: Paperback
(236mm x 155mm x 38mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ben Shephard

Ben Shephard was born in 1948 and read History at Oxford University. He was a Producer on the television series The World at War and The Nuclear Age and has made numerous historical and scientific documentaries for the BBC and Channel Four. He contributed to Imperialism and Popular Culture (1985), 150 Years of British Psychiatry, Volume 2- The Aftermath (1996) and A Century of Psychiatry (1999) and writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Bristol.

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