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Shook over Hell

Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War

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$45.50 • £36.95 • €41.00

ISBN 9780674806528

Publication Date: 03/15/1999


352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

18 halftones, 4 tables


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: “Terbacker Out”
  • 1. “Unwelcome Heroes”: The Agony of Vietnam
  • 2. “Every Man Has His Breaking Point”: War and Psychiatry
  • 3. “Dangled over Hell”: The Trauma of the Civil War
  • 4. “A Gizzard Full of Sand”: Reactions to Violence
  • 5. “For God’s Sake Please Help Me”: Post-Traumatic Stress
  • 6. “Dying of Nostalgia”: Official Diagnoses
  • 7. “This Must End Sometime”: The Fate of the Civil War Veteran
  • 8. “Tramping by Night and Day”: Indiana Veterans
  • 9. “I Am Glad I Served My Country”: Vietnam Reconsidered
  • Conclusion: “A Spectacle Grand and Awful to Contemplate”
  • Appendix A. The Indiana Sample
  • Appendix B. Casualty Statistics: The Company Sample and Regimental Data
  • Appendix C. Nineteenth-Century Indiana Insane Asylums and Involuntary Commitment Procedures
  • Appendix D. Confederate Veterans
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Co-Winner, 1998 Robert E. Lane Award, Political Psychology Section of the American Political Science Association
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