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The relationship between the First World War and neurology: 100 years of "Shell Shock"

Pedroso, José Luiz, Linden, Stefanie ORCID:, Barsottini, Orlando G., Maranhão Filho, Péricles and Lees, Andrew J. 2017. The relationship between the First World War and neurology: 100 years of "Shell Shock". Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria 75 (5) , p. 317. 10.1590/0004-282x20170046

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The First World War was a global war, beginning on 28 July 1914, until 11 November 1918. Soon after the beginning of the war, there was an “epidemic” of neurological conversion symptoms. Soldiers on both sides started to present in large numbers with neurological symptoms, such as dizziness, tremor, paraplegia, tinnitus, amnesia, weakness, headache and mutism of psychosomatic origin. This condition was known as shell shock, or “war neurosis”. Because medically unexplained symptoms remain a major challenge, and considering the close relationship of symptoms described in shell shock with clinical neurology, we should study their history in order to improve future care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Academia Brasileira de Neurologia
ISSN: 0004-282X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 March 2018
Date of Acceptance: 2 February 2017
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 01:39

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