Shell Shock, Men and Medicine in the First World War

Shell-shocked men now dominate popular representations of the First World War and many of us are familiar with the well-publicized treatment regimes such as the talking-cure and electrotherapy. Yet these treatments were atypical and ordinary soldiers experienced a wide range of shell-shock treatments, many based on pre-war approaches towards industrial injury. And what about ordinary soldiers and their families? How did they respond to the signs of shell shock? Join Dr Fiona Reid at Liverpool Cathedral to highlight the way in which soldiers recognized the signs of mental trauma and tried to support each other in ways that were not always effective but were based on compassion and understanding.

Fiona Reid is a historian at the University of South Wales and is the author of Broken Men: Shell Shock, Trauma and Recovery in Britain, 1914-1930 (London, Continuum, 2010) and Medicine in First World War Europe: Soldiers, Medics, Pacifists (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).

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