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Contents

Prologue

Introduction:The Spiral ix xi

PART I 1. ‘Welcome Home, Soldier Boy’:The hard return from war

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2. ‘Case One’:‘Shell shock’ and the origins of military psychiatry

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3. ‘The Trigger’: Outwardly untouched, wounded within 38 4. ‘Delayed Massive Trauma’: Soldiers, therapists and the

‘invention’ of PTSD

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5. ‘Lager Therapy’: Pouring petrol on the fire

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6. ‘No Safety Catch’: Ex-forces and criminal justice 88 7. ‘Life’s Easier with Your Eyes Closed’: Searching for a way out

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PART II 8. ‘Maintaining the Assets’: How the military tends its psychological wounds

9. ‘Failing Your Soldiers’: Left to fight alone

10. ‘Veterans Champions’:The NHS on a war footing

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