Disturbing footage of shell shock victims, before and after treatment.
Wonderful Shell Shock Recovery - four weeks before this picture was taken, these men were unable to walk.
Probably shot at Netley Hospital 1917 and / or Seale Hayne Military Hospital 1918 (SL).
Shell-shock victims; before and after. Some of this is disturbing. The before picture. A stark bare room; slightly crooked angle. A man enters; wearing only some small bit of fabric. He really can barely walk; he shakes and staggers; falls to the floor and shakes and bends into what seems unnatural positions; it looks as if he's having a fit.
Then they show the same man afterward; fully dressed; he walks toward the camera with no problem. They show him standing facing camera; looking much better than before; however; his hands are fidgeting in a nervous habit. Then they show a CU of his hand with thumb rubbing the fingers. He probably did that the rest of his life.
They also show a before of another man; who is in about the same condition.
There's also a lovely shot panning over a beautiful vista - a rural scene of rolling hills; pasture; trees; and building part way down a hill; pan on to path; with a recuperating soldier strolling away from the path down the hill. Also a closer shot panning past large hospital. Brief shot of the 4 convalescent victims standing in front of a rustic farm building; one holding pitchfork.
Note: the men are wear uniforms of medium-coloured trousers and jackets with white lapels and buttons, plus military-style caps - they look something like medical orderlies or postmen. See also documentary 'War Neuroses'. - SL.
Casualties. Mental disabilities. World War One; veterans; medical.