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Nursing shell-shocked patients in Cardiff during the First World War

beginning of a sequence of words – underlines the grotesque: ‘-Thus their heads wear this hilarious, hideous, | Awful falseness of set-smiling corpses.’ Simile – highlighting the similarities between different experiences – and metaphor – expressing one experience in terms of another – intimate the depth of the men’s despair: ‘Sunlight seems a blood smear; night comes blood-black; | Dawn breaks open like a wound that bleeds afresh.’ And their confused disorientation is captured in the uneven form of the poem, with one pair of rhyming lines, irregularly placed, in each

in Mental health nursing
A disrupted digression on productive disorder, disorderly pleasure, allegorical properties and scatter

: the results that quarterly and annual reports omit, the costs that have been pushed off onto other people, places and times. Global warming; the poisoning of workers and communities; the anxious burdens of consumer choice; the disorientation of accelerating information and objects; the proliferation of un- or under- or over-regulated black-and-white markets; the trafficking of men and women and children (for all kinds of labour, not just sex

in Communicating the history of medicine

5). Prebble goes on to argue that ­post-operatively the patients required intensive nursing care, since they were usually confused and disorientated, uncooperative and incontinent; they had to be toileted frequently to help them regain bladder control. The patients usually suffered from fatigue, apathy and inattention in the early stages post-surgery and required intensive  retraining in basic living skills, such as table manners and self-care. In most cases, patients were found to require, ‘long-term aftercare by nursing staff experienced in details of r

in ‘Curing queers’

suppose only just taken out of the oven. 26 In Australia during the mid-nineteenth century, sunstroke, alongside anxiety and isolation, was diagnosed as one of the primary causes of insanity. 27 Such environmental perils might have signified the disorientation attendant on life in a new land, but it is also true that by the time colonists set foot in Australia the dangers of the sun had already become part of the knowledge ‘baggage’ they carried with them. 28 On the Susan, in 1838, the surgeon attributed several

in Health, medicine, and the sea
Managing madness in New Jersey

’. 108 In his testimony, Joseph Pemmock described himself as Lewis P.'s ‘nurse or keeper’, a difficult job in this case, for Lewis P. had for one year been suffering the extreme mental effects of alcoholism. 109 This was made manifest in the form of severe memory loss, disorientation and ‘extremely strange and violent’ behaviour towards ‘former friends’. 110 In this case Lewis P. was taken in by the guardian appointed to be in charge of his person after the verdict of non compos mentis at his lunacy trial. Witnesses agreed that ‘within the last three or four years

in Madness on trial
Narratives of the Indian Medical Service

entirely possible that the struggles of individual medical men anticipated the diagnoses of neurasthenia or tropical neurasthenia which so marked the early twentieth-century and interwar periods.20 They were certainly at risk of the same forms of alienation, deriving from separation from family, shortage of cash, monotony of activity, weariness of waiting for promotion, and irritation from the climate, 80 Medical misadventure flora, and fauna of the sub-continent; ‘an alien environment that combined bodily discomfort with cultural disorientation made many of them

in Medical misadventure in an age of professionalisation, 1780–1890