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4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Research Tool and an Engaging Read, July 6, 2012
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This review is from: Shell Shock to PTSD: Military Psychiatry from 1900 to the Gulf War (Maudsley Series) (Hardcover)
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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