Medical Museum Science Café

Confronting "Shell Shock": The American Experience during World War I


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When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6-7pm

National Museum of Health and Medicine
2500 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910


During World War I, war-related psychological trauma was considered a new manifestation of psychiatric breakdown. American military medicine was challenged by establishing an entirely new medical specialty while treating the stricken service member and assuring an anxious public back home. Explore American psychiatrists' understanding of "shell shock" and what lessons they did – or did not – learn from their experience. Presenter: Rachel Levandoski is an historian in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Historical Office and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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