An Alternative History of Traumatic Stress

  • Allan Young
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Part of the Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Abstract

The starting point for this chapter is the belief that post-traumatic stress disorder can be usefully viewed as an episode in a history that stretches back more than a century. The chapter is an alternative history because it is an effort to describe familiar events and developments in an unfamiliar way. I write as an anthropologist and a historian, and my goal is to excavate some of the assumptions that underpin and guide PTSD research and clinical practice today. I want to make tacit knowledge explicit—more specifically, ideas about memory—and to suggest how it has been shaped by history and culture.

Keywords

Depression Income Schizophrenia Explosive Assimilation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Young
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  1. 1.Department of Social Studies of MedicineMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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