[PW] PTSD in WWI veterans

Kevin O'Kelly rkokelly at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 18:51:46 PDT 2016

Thank you very much!

On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 9:50 PM, Leslie Swigart <LeslieKay.Swigart at csulb.edu>

> Kevin and Wombats:
> If your friend would like to explore the research and other scholarly
> materials related to PTSD (under various names) and WWI, the PILOTS:
> Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress database would be a
> good place to start.  It was created by librarian Fred Lerner at the White
> River Junction VA library where the National Center for PTSD is located.
> Now that Fred is retired, it is still sponsored by them and continues to be
> developed by their librarians.
> The database is available (as a freebie) on the ProQuest platform (and
> possibly others).  The VA has info about the database, and a link to the
> free/public version:
> http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pilots-database/
> Your friend might wish to start by searching the string "world war I"
> which currently yields 336 items.  A search of ("world war I" and
> ("personal narrative" or "personal interview" or "oral history" or "oral
> histories" or letter or letters")) yields 10 items.  A perusal of the
> PILOTS Thesaurus may help bring other useful terms to mind.
> Note:  The PTSD literature covered in PILOTS is not limited to just
> military veterans, so anyone studying traumatic stress would find it very
> useful.
> Leslie
> Leslie Kay Swigart, Librarian Emerita, California State University, Long
> Beach, and ABD (and still dissertating!), Information Studies, UCLA
> LeslieKay.Swigart at csulb.edu
> ________________________________________
> Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 12:07:20 -0400
> From: "Kevin O'Kelly" rkokelly at gmail.com
> Subject: [PW] accounts of PTSD/other disorders in *American* World War I
> veterans?
> W*mb*ts:
> I am doing research on behalf of a friend who's writing a novel partly set
> in the US in the years immediately after WWI.
> She wants some accounts of the psychological experiences of American
> veterans in the postwar years
> I told her to read Hemingway's "Soldier's Home" for a portrayal of the
> alienation experienced by many former doughboys.
> I've also been looking online and searching catalogs for any letters,
> diaries or memoirs of members of the AEF. I have also been looking through
> histories of the 1920s. No luck.
> I realize given the time period many men would be reticent about any kind
> of trauma they were experiencing, so this could well be something difficult
> to find.
> I would appreciate any help any of you can provide.
> Thanks in advance,
> Kevin


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