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WWI: The Great War of the Mind
Listen to an excerpt of Tim’s article, as read by Canada’s History associate editor Nelle Oosterom (duration: 9min, 23sec).
Mental breakdown among soldiers in wartime has been observed through the ages. But not until World War I did soldiers break down in such staggering numbers. Doctors termed the condition “shell shock” and they called it the storm centre of military medicine. But no one really knew how to treat it.