June 10, 2020

Ep.13 - Edgar Jones - How Ideas about Psychiatric Trauma Evolved in the Two World Wars

Explores how healthcare professionals in the UK interpreted psychosomatic disorders such as shell shock, battle exhaustion and traumatic neurasthenia, in the context of psychiatric research and the new forms of warfare.


The two World Wars intensified the study of the psychological effects of combat for both soldiers and civilians.

This talk explores how healthcare professionals in the UK interpreted psychosomatic disorders such as shell shock, battle exhaustion and traumatic neurasthenia, in the context of psychiatric research and the new forms of warfare.

Civilians and emergency workers were exposed to extreme stress during air-raids forcing doctors to weigh up the causal contribution of personality versus traumatic events.

Speaker: Professor Edgar Jones (King’s College London)


Website

RCPE Heritage Website


Social media

RCPE Heritage Twitter

RCPE Heritage Instagram

RCPE Heritage Facebook


Newsletter

RCPE Heritage Newsletter


Donate

RCPE Heritage JustGiving