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No one knew how to treat soldier suddering from shell shock in the First World War, so doctors tried everything including shaming, blaming, and electric shocks.
Text by Canada’s History
In November 2002, a disturbing incident showed that the stigma against soldiers with shell shock has not gone away. Read Mark Reid's article: Off the Rails (includes link to the 2003 Morin report).
You can read the June 2003 Report of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence: Occupational Stress Injuries: The Need for Understanding
A hundred and fifty years ago, Canadians were terrorized by the threat posed by Irish insurgents who were massing large armies just across the border.
The Americans have their MacArthur and Patton, the British, their “Monty.” Canadians, whether they know it or not, have Sir Arthur Currie.
A First World War soldier assures his mother he will return as “good a boy as when I went away.”
Canadian troops were itching for a fight; they got their wish in the most ill-conceived assault of WWII.