From cowardice to shellshock: medicine, psychiatry and the Great War

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 23 September

The Theatre

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Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

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Event description

World War I drove great advances in science and technology, but less well-known is its impact on medicine.

Emily Mayhew will tell the story of the stretcher bearers of WW1 who were at the heart of this medical revolution. Then, Louis and Marc-Antoine Crocq will explore the evolution of the diagnostics and treatment of ’war neurosis’.

This event is organised in association with the French Embassy.

About the speakers

Emily Mayhew is a research associate at Imperial College London and has written 'The reconstruction of warriors' and 'Wounded: The long journey home from The Great War', which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

Louis Crocq is a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist who specialises in war neurosis.  He is also an an associate emeritus professor at Paris Descartes University. He will be presenting with his son Marc-Antoine who is also a psychiatrist.

The event will be chaired by Carla Valentine, technical assistant curator at Barts Pathology Museum in West Smithfield, London. 


This event will be filmed and available on the Ri Channel soon after the it has finished. Many Ri events are already available to watch.

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