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April 1930

Shell Shock and Its Aftermath.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;23(4):845. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220100229026

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This book presents and follows through an interesting idea. Dr. Fenton was one of the psychologists in Base Hospital 117, which was the only hospital for patients with shell-shock conducted by the American forces in France. He conceived the idea of following up 3,000 cases, so as to see what happened to the patients after they returned home and tried to readjust themselves to civilian life. His results show that, to begin with, the Armistice did not bring about spontaneous cures, nor did it have a great influence in curing symptoms. It also showed that the subsequent course of these patients is no different from that of psychoneurotic patients in civilian life. The work was excellently done and is well worth while: it is especially interesting to the many neurologists who were concerned in the treatment of such patients during the war.

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