WW1 War Neuroses. Disturbing footage of the effects of shell shock.
Filmed during World War 1, this remarkable film shows traumatised
soldiers staggering, shuffling, twitching, dancing and shaking however
after treatment, the men are generally transformed.
in Devon was a military hospital which played an incredible role in
curing shell shock victims during The Great War. At the time, most shell
shock victims were treated harshly and with little sympathy as their
symptoms were not understood and they were seen as a sign of weakness.
So instead of receiving proper care, many victims endured more trauma
with treatments such as solitary confinement or electric shock therapy.
one doctor called Arthur Hurst believed he could cure every shell shock
victim. He took them to Seale Hayne which was deep in the Devon
countryside and there he used revolutionary treatments such as hypnosis,
persuasion, massage and dietary treatments to cure his patients. In
fact 90% of Hurst's patients were cured in one session.
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