I'm sorry, but if you want a long list of medical articles from the period that
say quite differently, let me know. At the turn of the century and up to and
through the war, "hysteria" was a broad term that did indeed include shell
shock and what we would call post-traumatic stress. I only said
"neurasthenia" was hard to distinguish, and there is a long text making
that claim and giving charts of differences that then got quoted by many
doctors. On this you are factually wrong as to what the terms meant then.
As I spent many, many weeks reading on this at the Bodlian last year, I
am quite certain of my terminology.
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Both neurasthenia and hysteria are considered quaint antiquated terms in
medical circles. Hysteria is sometimes used in a very limited way to
describe disassociation in personality formation, neurasthenia not at all.
Neither one has anything to do with battle fatigue or PTSD, which are in
turn, two different things.
on 9/28/02 10:26 AM, Nancy Gish at [log in to unmask] wrote:
> "Shell Shock" is what they called hysteria and we
> would probably call post-traumatic stress disorder. In any case, there
> was a very extensive literature on it that actually goes back a couple
> of thousand years to ancient Egypt. Vittoz specifically wrote on