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'He Lost Himself Completely': Shell Shock and Its Treatment at Dublin’s Richmond War Hospital, 1916-1919, by Brendan Kelly

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'He Lost Himself Completely': Shell Shock and Its Treatment at Dublin’s Richmond War Hospital, 1916-1919, by Brendan Kelly
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“a fascinating account … of shell shock, and glimpses into the lives and backgrounds of those who found themselves within the walls of the Richmond War Hospital …” – Professor Sir Simon Wessely

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“...absolutely facsinating... Anyone with even a passing interest in history, or in psychiatry, will be enthralled by this concise, meticulously-reserched and utterly engrossing book.” – Professor Ivor Browne

“a fascinating account … of shell shock, and glimpses into the lives and backgrounds of those who found themselves within the walls of the Richmond War Hospital …” – Professor Sir Simon Wessely

‘Professor Brendan Kelly is owed a debt of gratitude for recounting the tragic and revealing stories of some of the unfortunate inmates of Ireland’s Craiglockhart. You will lose yourself completely in this account of men who gave their sanity and peace of mind in dubious battle.’ – Myles Dungan, RTÉ

Over 200,000 Irish soldiers fought in the First World War, and an estimated 40,000 died in it. Many more were deeply scarred by their experiences, with physical and psychological injuries that impaired their ability to return to military service or participate in civilian life.

'He Lost Himself Completely' examines the largely forgotten group of Irish soldiers who suffered from shell shock and other mental troubles as a result of the war. In 1916, just two months after the Easter Rising, the Richmond War Hospital was established at Grangegorman in Dublin, on the grounds of the Richmond Asylum, to treat these soldiers. Stammering, mute and paralysed, depressed and haunted by voices and explosions in their minds, 362 soldiers were treated at the War Hospital between 1916 and 1919.

This book tells their stories, based on their medical case histories drawn from previously unseen archives of the Richmond War Hospital. These are stories of shell fire and trauma, shell shock and despair, and intense human suffering. But these are also stories of treatment and recovery, stories not just of war and pain, but also of hope – stories that demonstrate the resilience of so many Irish soldiers in the face of the unimaginable trauma of the First World War.

About the Author

Professor Brendan Kelly is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at University College Dublin and consultant psychiatrist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. He holds masters degrees in epidemiology (MSc), healthcare management (MA) and Buddhist studies (MA). In addition to his medical degree (MB BCh BAO), he holds doctorates in medicine (MD), history (PhD), governance (DGov) and law (PhD). He has authored and co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed papers and over 300 non-peer-reviewed papers, as well as various book chapters and books. He is editor-in-chief of the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine.

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Author Kelly, Brendan
Editor No
Print Format Paperback
ISBN-10 No
ISBN-13 978-1-908308-63-4
Illustrations None
Date of Publication November 21, 2014
Number of Pages 180

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