The Prevention of War Neurosis, Shell Shock

T H Ames
1918 Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease  
Opinion During the First World War, cases of nervous and mental shock began to arrive in England National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic, in Queen Square, London, which was the Britain's leading centre for neurology. "Shell shock" is the term used to address the functional paralyses following shell explosions during warfare. The proximity to explosions in the battlefield was seen as the decisive causative factor for this disorder [1]. These disorders presumed sundry forms and were
more » ... forms and were often tough to differentiate from those instigated by lesions in brain. They include severe or chronic cases of functional neurological disorders that commonly presents as motor syndromes (loss of function or hyperkinesias), every so often united with somato-sensory loss. Psychogenic seizures, anxiety and depression were also reported. These patients also complained of vegetative symptoms such as dizziness palpitations and sweating [2] .
doi:10.1097/00005053-191811000-00048 fatcat:ilrdpbijlrcqfe3lgqpbogpfbu