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    Amazing footage of men experiencing treatment for shell shock.

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    Reel 1. Netley Hospital 1917 and Seale Hayne Military Hospital 1918.

    01:24:32 Effect of treatment on shell shocked soldiers for various "hysterical" problems. Private Meek is shown in a wheelchair receiving treatment from a nurse. His ankles are manipulated. We see Private Meek teaching basket making after his recovery. Soldiers are seen weaving baskets. He is seen 2 years after commencing treatment fully recovered. He runs up and down steps and rotates his arms. Private Preston crawls under his hospital bed in fear when the word "Bombs!" is mentioned. He emerges from under the bed looking fearful. Private Ross Smith's facial spasm is shown in C/U. The spasm ceases under hypnosis. We see a man with a lateral tremor of the head lying on a bed.

    01:28:39 His head is manipulated and then he looks at the camera with no tremors. 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 Seale Hayne Farm feeding chickens. Two Hysterical "Stump Orators" are shown. Private King walks unsteadily towards the camera making an angry gesture. Private King and Private Sandall are seen walking and talking together. Private Sandall is then filmed two hours later: "As a result of treatment by suggestion he is now able to speak without moving his arms". Two months later Sandall is filmed at work "on a farm" - could be Seale Hayne farm or the grounds of Netley Hospital. Private King is shown "digging so incompetently that he was made hospital librarian". 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.

    See Reel 2 and Version A.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1917 - 1918
    hd format:
    2K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:32:00 / 01:35:32:00

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