A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Twentieth Century available in Paperback
At once absorbing historical narrative and intellectual detective story, A War of Nerves weaves together the literary, medical, and military lore to give us a fascinating history of war neuroses and their treatment, from the World Wars through Vietnam and up to the Gulf War. Ben Shephard answers 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?
Military psychiatry has long been shrouded in misconception, and haunted by the competing demands of battle and of recovery. Now, for the first time, we have a definitive history of this vital art and science, which illuminates the bumpy efforts to understand the ravages of war on the human mind, and points towards the true lessons to be learned from treating the aftermath of war.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Shock of the Shell
1. Doctors' Minds
2. Shell-Shock in France
3. Trench Work
4. The Somme
5. Psychiatry at the Front, 1917-18
6. Home Fires
8. Arguments and Enigmas, 1917-18
9. 'Skirting the Edges of Hell'
11. 'Will Peace Bring Peace?'
12. The Lessons of Shell-Shock
13. Dunkirk, the Blitz and the Blue
14. 'We Can Save those Boys from Horror'
15. Front-line Psychiatry
16. New Ways of War
17. D-Day and After
18. A Tale of Two Hospitals
19. The Helmeted Airman
20. Learning from the Germans?
21. Prisoners of War
22. A Good War?
23. Vietnam Doctors
24. From Post-Vietnam Syndrome to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
25. 'When the Patient Reports Atrocities...'
26. From the Falklands to the Gulf
27. The Culture of Trauma
What People are Saying About This
Ben Shephard's study of how war wounds men's minds, and of medicine's efforts to heal the damage done, is based on years of dedicated research. It is the best book I have read on the subject and it will endure.
Sir John Keegan, author of The First World War