The Anatomy of Courage: The Classic WWI Study of the Psychological Effects of War

The Anatomy of Courage: The Classic WWI Study of the Psychological Effects of War


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Fear, and man's attempt to master it, is of eternal interest and just as significant today as when Moran, as a young medical officer, went to the trenches in 1914 to research the subject scientifically. He asked why a man can appear to be as brave as a lion one day and break the next and, crucially, "what can be done to delay or prevent the using up of courage?" First published in 1945, this early groundbreaking account of the psychological effects of war, recounted by means of vivid first-hand observation and anecdote, came at a time when shell-shock was equated with lack of moral fiber. In 1940, Moran became Churchill's doctor and his position as a one of history's most important war physicians was secured. His humane, considered observations, scientific analysis and proposed solutions constitute one of the great First World War sources. However, they are perhaps just as relevant to our own conflict-ridden times.

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ISBN-13: 9780786718993
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 351,218
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lord Moran was created 1st Baron Moran on Manton in 1943. During the 1914-18 war he was awarded the MC during the Battle of the Somme and the Italian Silver Medal for Military Valour for a raid. He was for twenty-four years the Dean of St Mary's Hospital Medical School. In 1945 he published The Anatomy of Courage. He became Winston Churchill's doctor in 1940, as the curtain was rising on one of the greatest dramas in our history, and from 1941 to 1950 he was also President of the Royal College of Physicians. In his war memoirs, Churchill called Moran "a devoted and personal friend" to whose "unfailing care I probably owe my life."

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The Anatomy of Courage: The Classic WWI Study of the Psychological Effects of War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just fantastic everybody should read this book. If so the world would be different 2019....
douboy50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book; a fast read, only 202 pages. Lord Moran does make convincing arguments. However, most his conclusions are based on his personal observations in the two German wars as he calls them. There does not seem to be much science behind his work, just his rational deductions as a medical doctor. Also, many times he inserts generalizations about the English, how they are different from other 'races' including the folks from Canada and Australia. On several occasions he spends time in the narative producing notations from his personal diary during WWI. These I did find interesting, but sometimes was not sure how this stuff tied into the study of fear/courage in combat soldiers. I do not intend to over pan the work. I did find it interesting and thought provoking. This book is recommended to anyone interested the pyschological aspects of men in war and how they come to deal with the stress, fear and even the boredom. I will look for the review of others to see what their thoughts are. 38 members show as having this book in their library. Come on...let's see some other comments, not just mine.