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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

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
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