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Shell-Shock: A History of the Changing Attitude to War Neurosis

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1683
  1. Richard Earlam, consultant surgeon
  1. Royal London Hospital, London

    Anthony Babington Leo Cooper, £16.95, pp 224 ISBN 085052 5624

    The failure to compensate psychologically for the trauma of war has been called many things over the years. This important book charts the shifts in attitudes that have accompanied the changing names.

    In 1678, a Swiss physician coined the term “nostalgia” to mean a soldier's fear that he would never see …

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