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Shell shock

Posted by Pander on February 23, 2001

In Reply to: Shell shock posted by Antony on October 20, 2000

First coined by a guy named Myers in 1914, but later rejected by the government because the soldier's maladies had nothing to do with the physical effects of the shells, it was the extreme stress of the front line (and in some ways the shells exploding all the time) that led to neurosis and depression. The term stuck.