British soldiers at the front have already coined a new phrase, “shell shock”. Now it makes it into the pages of The Lancet, in a report by Captain Charles Myers entitled “A Contribution to the Study of Shell Shock”. Myers is a psychologist working for the British army’s Medical Corps. His report describes cases in which soldiers exposed to enemy shelling are manifesting symptoms akin to those of neurological patients, despite the lack of head wounds. Myers reports that with rest and positive suggestion the men’s condition has gradually improved, but this strange psychological condition remains poorly understood.
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