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The neurologistsA history of a medical specialty in modern Britain, c.17892000$
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Stephen T. Casper

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091926

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091926.001.0001

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The First World War and the transformation of neurology

The First World War and the transformation of neurology

(p.59) 2 The First World War and the transformation of neurology
The neurologists

Stephen T. Casper

Manchester University Press

World War I marked a moment of social transformation in British medical culture and was thus an extraordinary period of change for clinical neurology in Britain. Before the war the British medical world was avowedly generalist; after the war that medical world embraced specialisation. It was the conditions of the First World War that stimulated these changes, and for neurology, as neurologist Edwin Bramwell observed, ‘the Great War constitute[d] a convenient if arbitrary dividing-line between the present and the past.’ How it did is a story of head-injuries, shell shock, pacifism, and the emergence of medical modernity in Britain.

Keywords:   Shell Shock, Head, Henry, Holmes, Gordon, Brain, Walter Russell, Pacifism, Neurologists, Head injuries, History of Psychiatry, History of Neurology, Medical generalism

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