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    Amazing footage of men experiencing treatment for shell shock.

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    Reel 2. Netley Hospital 1917 and Seale Hayne Military Hospital 1918.

    01:16:16 Effect of treatment on shell shocked soldiers for various "hysterical" problems. Private Bradshaw is attended to by a uniformed medical officer. He lies on a bed and lifts his legs. His legs are manipulated. He sits up in bed then stands and walks. Private Read's hysterical gait, swaying movement and nose-wiping tic are shown before and after treatment. He is shown two months later at work on the farm feeding chickens. (This section also forms part of reel 1). Hysterical pseudo-pseudohypertrophic muscular paralysis treatment is illustrated. A patient dressed only in underpants walks around a hospital room. His body is bent out of shape and his walk is unsteady.

    01:19:32 He falls over and lays back on the ground. Film of a man in uniform (presumably the same man) walking around on a rooftop in a normal fashion. Another man who has difficulty walking is filmed in the hospital dormitory walking with and without a stick. He bends forwards to show the curvature of his spine. We then see a man (same man presumably) running, walking, bending, hopping etc. to show the improvement in his gait. A man walks in front of the hospital dragging one leg. Same man is seen walking normally. Private Ross Smith's facial spasm is shown in C/U. The spasm ceases under hypnosis. Corporal Anderson has a hysterical "Dancing" gait. He is shown moving his legs whilst seated, then walking with the aid of a stick. Improvements after "re-education" are shown. We see a man with a shaky head lying on a bed. His head is manipulated and then he looks at the camera with no tremors.

    Note: The farm featured could be Seale Hayne Farm and some of the footage could be from Seale Hayne Military Hospital (see Reel 1 and War Neuroses Version B ). Pathe Weekly Pictorial.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1917 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:16:00 / 01:24:26:00

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