Shell Shock to PTSD: Military Psychiatry from 1900 to the Gulf War (Maudsley Series) 1st Edition

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'This book is a comprehensive analysis of the history and development of military psychiatry... it provides a fascinating insight to the attempts made to manage and treat war personnel and veterans. It will be of interest to those interested in the classification and development of psychological disorders. The book would be a useful addition to any psychiatric library.' - Joseph Curran, Mental Health Practice, July 2005
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Product Details

  • Series: Maudsley Series (Book 47)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 1 edition (January 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841695807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841695808
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book while doing research to revamp the combat stress reaction Wikipedia entry and was pleased to find it a fantastic asset for those looking into the subject. An incredibly well sourced book with a great wealth of numerical data and an extensive glossary of diagnostic terms, Shell Shock to PTSD is a boon to anyone researching into the somewhat murky history of combat stress reaction. My one caveat for any researchers is that the information it includes on the physiological basis for combat stress reaction is lacking.

Edgar Jones and Simon Wessely do an excellent job of recounting the clinical trials that formed the backbone of military psychiatry, while maintaining an approachable style that avoids the ponderous nature of some scientific prose. The authors balance the serious discussion of clinical results with somewhat humorous tales of military medical folly in a fashion that is easily digestible by the layman. While this book is a must read for those interested in the clinical background of military psychiatry, anyone with an interest in 20th century warfare and military culture will find it a fascinating read. I give Shell Shock to PTSD four stars as a generally helpful research tool and an engaging read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. T. M. Bruin on April 5, 2008
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Edgar Jones and Simon Wessely are amongst the finest historians of psychiatry and especially military psychiatry. Their book 'Shell shock to PTSD' proofs it. It gives a fine overview of war and madness and madness from war from the late nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century and some good insight into the peculiarities of it. A definite 'must have' for everyone interested or involved in military psychiatry. Pity though it (as so often, especially in WW-I literature) concerns itself mostly with British doctors and soldiers.

dr Leo van Bergen
medical historian
VU-medical centre Amsterdam
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guillaume Perret on March 19, 2010
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This book has taught me a lot about the history of combat stress reaction. It gives a good synthesis on how this syndrome was defined and percieved from the crimean war to the fist Gulf war. There is also an intersting discussion on how culture and society forge the manifestation of symptoms and may modify the expression of stress pathology.

It is mostly focused on British and US war psychiatry and I would have liked to have a more international perspective. It lacks also a more recent analysis of the management of psychiatric casualities in combat.

It is very helpful source of knowledge and references for me who teachs military psychiatry.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin Reilly, esq. on November 30, 2009
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I wouldn't trust anything by Simon Wesseley; his anti-scientific biases are too profound. For example, he has done an incredible amount to retard science in ME (aka CFS).
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