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'War Neuroses': Film of Netley Military Hospital in 1917

This film shows patients suffering from shell shock during the First World War at Netley military hospital in Southamptom. Shell shock was a term used to describe the reaction of soldiers to the trauma of battle and had a range of physical manifestations, including facial spasms, blindness, deafness and even paralysis. The film depicts men suffereng from these various symptoms and the efforts made by medical staff at the hospital to treat them, including rest, dietary regimes and occupational therapy.