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Peter Leese, SHELL SHOCK

Shell Shock: Traumatic Neurosis and the British Soldiers of the First World War. Peter Leese. Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

p. 123 "In 1917-18 the term [shell shock] was more fully replaced by the official therapeutic vocabulary of 'neurasthenia,' 'neurosis,' and 'psychosis.' This shift in terminology signified an attempt to enforce the demobilization of shell shock. Without the defence of active service and their role on the promotion of wartime medicine's efficiency, the notion of genuinely neurotic ex-servicemen came under increasing suspicion as veterans reappeared in civilian life in the role of unproductive labourers claiming 'compensation neurosis' from the state."
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