Psychological Trauma and the Legacies of the First World War by Jason Crouthamel, Peter Leese

By Jason Crouthamel, Peter Leese

This transnational, interdisciplinary examine of anxious neurosis strikes past the prevailing histories of scientific concept, welfare, and symptomatology. The essays discover the private traumas of infantrymen and civilians within the wake of the 1st international conflict; in addition they speak about how reminiscence and representations of trauma are transmitted among sufferers, medical professionals and households throughout generations. The e-book argues that to this point the hectic results of the battle were considerably underestimated. Trauma was once formed via gender, politics, and character. To discover the various different types of trauma neglected by way of scientific and political experts, this quantity attracts on varied assets, corresponding to kinfolk data and narratives by means of little ones of traumatized males, files from movie and images, memoirs by means of infantrymen and civilians. This cutting edge examine demanding situations us to think again our method of the advanced mental results of the 1st global War.

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This is due to the very visual nature of a facial wound and is also a response to the way in which facially-wounded men were often used as emblems, or visual markers of wartime suffering. Yet moving the focus onto the personal and subjective sufferings of mutilated men serves to highlight the multi-layered and variable nature of trauma across post-war Europe. 18 Men with facial injuries occupied a different category. Their trauma was not a direct result of war but was a response to the disfigurements caused by battle and so their histories highlight not just the horrors of war but also the difficulties of homecoming, primarily the fear of being ostracized and marginalized.

Marjorie Gehrhardt, The Men with Broken Faces: Gueules Cassées of the First World War (Bern: Peter Lang, 2015). 15. Joanna Bourke, The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 5. 16. John Keegan, A History of Warfare (London: Hutchinson, 1993), 76. The extent to which warfare has been an entirely masculine activity is of course debateable. See John Lynn, Women, Armies and Warfare in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008). 17. Woods Hutchinson, The Doctor in War (London, Cassell and Co, 1919), 359.

H. Kaufman, J. Mctavish, R. Mitchell, “The Gunner with the Silver Mask: Observations on the Management of Severe MaxilloFacial Lesions over the Last 160 Years,” Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 42:6, December 1997, 367–375. 24. Harold Gillies, Plastic Surgery of the Face (London: Frowde, 1920), 3. 25.

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