Sunday, January 19, 2014

I Got Dem Ol' WWI Shell-Shock Toejam Blues Again Mama!

European fungus picked up in WWI trenches by soldiers found its way to Scotland, where it still exists a century later.

The fungus was discovered on the grounds of Craiglockhart Military Hospital, where shell-shocked soldiers were sent for psychological treatment; among these were two of the war's greatest poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

UK novelist Pat Barker wrote a fine novel about Craiglockhart, Owen and Sassoon, and a fine movie was made from the novel, which few people seem to have seen; here's the scene in which Owen and Sassoon first meet, both of them patients at the hospital, sent there for treatment of shell-shock, which today we know as PTSD:

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