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CLIP 8059

Understanding shellshock

Understanding shellshock

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Key Info
  • Understanding shellshock
  • Duration: 01:10
  • Professor Edgar Jones is a psychiatrist who treats victims of post-traumatic stress disorder at the Maudsley Hospital in London. He discusses shellshock with Fiona Bruce, relating to one of her ancestors. In the First World War, shellshock was considered a psychiatric illness resulting from injury to the nerves during combat. Professor Jones discusses with Fiona Bruce about her Uncle Frederick who suffered from shellshock and later died in the Great War. This clip was first published as part of the Who Do You Think You Are? website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    First World War

  • Keywords: WW1, First World War, Great War, shellshock, shell shock, psychiatric illness, post-traumatic stress, family history, psychiatry
Ideas for use in class
  • A good way to provoke debate about the nature of war, conditions of action and the impact it has upon its combatants. To ask students to consider the experience as a change over time (1914-1918) and whether it was ‘worthwhile’. This can then be used in conjunction with an activity where students work out the pros and cons of the options available to men in 1914, 1916 and 1918. Could be used in conjunction with other sources e.g. Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen. Further information on theFiona Bruce programme can be found here:
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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