The War Office banned the use of the words 'shellshock' fearing it could spark major problems. Doctors were told to record 'not yet diagnosed' or simply to pass injured soldiers fit for duty. But after the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium, where over 5,000 men had to be treated for shellshock, specialist hospitals tried new therapies to help patients recover. However, the emphasis was still on quick cures to return the men to the front line.
This clip can be used to prompt students to consider the extent to which war helps or hinders medical development. Arguments for both sides can be taken from any era studied and from the clip itself.