Traumatic Pasts: History, Psychiatry, and Trauma in the by Mark S. Micale, Paul Lerner

By Mark S. Micale, Paul Lerner

Trauma--the mental results of wars, injuries and abuse--has turn into the topic of heated debate between medical professionals, psychologists, and lay critics (and activists) lately. The essays during this ebook hint the origins of those debates in drugs and tradition in glossy Europe and the US. They hide scientific and cultural features of stories understood to be "traumatic" from rail and manufacturing facility injuries within the later 19th century during the First international conflict and its aftermath.

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Only in Britain did the shell-shock story generate a rich literary tradition that became absorbed into the national cultural canon. Thus, in these chapters, national, historical, and cultural contexts emerge as crucial factors that shaped traumatic experiences and their reception. The chapters that follow emphasize several of these influences, be they legal, political, military, or economic. The first scientific engagement with psychological trauma occurred in the specialized area of AngloAmerican railway medicine, and the impetus for that research was largely financial and medico-legal.

16 “It has been death in a most dreadful form or an entire escape,”17 wrote the Illustrated London News of this disaster.

I am grateful to Roger Cooter for allowing me to see and quote from his unpublished manuscript. R. W. Kostal, Law and English Railway Capitalism – (Oxford, ), .  million journeys safely undertaken for each fatality. These figures are derived from the Board of Trade’s six-monthly accident returns, published in Parliamentary Papers, and from the detailed statistics in H. Raynar Wilson, Railway Accidents: Legislation and Statistics  to  (London: Raynar Wilson, ). On railway accidents in general, see L.

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