October 5, 2011

There’s more on shell-shock here, here and here. This source here details the experience and treatment regime of British wartime psychiatrist W.H. Rivers who treated soldiers with shell shock from 1915-1917. A very, very good introductory article is given here by Prof Joanna Bourke. The section on medical symptoms is very interesting when exploring Lang’s character. Here are some interesting facts:

(Source: shewolves, via clairiere)

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November 21, 2011


The Wellcome Collection here has a variety of slide-shows regarding their previous exhibit “Remembering War”. Of particular interest is From Shell Shock to PTSD and, especially in reference to later episodes of series 2 and series 3, The Visual Culture of Remembrance.

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November 22, 2011

War and the body/ the mental effects of battle

Trigger warnings.

The Wellcome Gallery, as per usual, has some great online content: the relatively new phenomenon/increased emphasis regarding medical inspection is explored here. Look particularly at the “Gas Fiend” cartoon. Also the cross-section from the lung poisoning from phosgene shell poisoning might be interesting for William Mason fans.

The mental effects of battle is an incredibly interesting section relating to shell shock and more generally to the mental effects of war. Also regarding the kind of makeshift soup kitchen Mrs Bird and Mr Molesley set up, this poster in particular supplies us with relevant context.

If you have a stronger constitution than I there are videos on “War Neuroses” as treated by Netley hospital in 1917.

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