By Fiona Reid
Shell surprise accomplished a truly excessive political profile within the years 1919-1922. guides starting from John Bull to the Morning put up insisted that shell-shocked males might be taken care of with appreciate, and the Minister for well-being introduced that the govt. was once devoted to retaining shell-shocked males from the stigma of lunacy. but whilst, many mentally-wounded veterans have been suffering from a pension process which was once failing to provide them defense. it truly is this clash among the political rhetoric and the lived adventure of many wounded veterans that explains why the govt. was once not able to dispel the damaging wartime evaluate of reliable shell-shock therapy. there has been additionally a true clash among the government's desire to omit shell surprise while memorialising the conflict and remembering the warfare useless. due to those contradictions, shell surprise used to be no longer forgotten, to the contrary, the shell-shocked soldier speedy grew to symbolise the confusions and inconsistencies of the good battle.
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It is obviously difﬁcult to make a generalization about something as complex as a social stigma. 86 However, it is possible to assert that widespread support for nerve-shocked men in the abstract did not necessarily translate into a genuine sense of understanding and sympathy in response to individual casualties. Also, attitudes towards ‘ordinary lunatics’ had not become more enlightened as a result of shell shock. The process merely resulted in the redrawing of categories in an attempt to ensure that military men and lunatics occupied very different spheres.
Some men blind, some men dumb, and other men crazy, and these all of them MEN, with a newly-earned meaning in S H E L L S H O C K A N D W E A K N E RV E S 27 the word; for there’s a new meaning now in many an old word. We shall want a brand new Dictionary . ’97 Roy Porter has indicated the way in which the medical profession has been wont to indulge in jargon and to blind outsiders with science so as to maintain its own mystique and power. 99 In short, medics have used language to bolster their own power at the expense of the lay community.
97 Roy Porter has indicated the way in which the medical profession has been wont to indulge in jargon and to blind outsiders with science so as to maintain its own mystique and power. 99 In short, medics have used language to bolster their own power at the expense of the lay community. Shell shock is a decided exception to this pattern. One of the medical elite ensured that the term became part of the medical vocabulary of the Great War, but Myers, and the majority of the medical profession, quickly acknowledged that the term was a singularly unhelpful misnomer.
Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-30 by Fiona Reid