An Alternative History of Traumatic Stress

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


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.


Episodic Memory Traumatic Stress Veteran Administration Traumatic Memory Misinformation Effect 
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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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