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5.0 out of 5 stars An independent mind, 21 Jun 2010
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J. R. Moss (London UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Anatomy of Courage (Paperback)
Moran is a doctor crunching his way through a vast catalogue of what to modern people must be the scenes of recollected hell: he is a serving doctor working on the front line in both World Wars. His accounts of how and why the morale and courage of men broke or didn't is a truly extraordinary and detailed insight into life in the trenches and also the independence of his medical mind. His is an early foray into the diagnostic of anticipating mental breakdown and it is also a revealing account of how dissociated Moran himself became to the horrors that surrounded him and about which he so candidly writes. In that sense it is a fascinating social and historical document of its time, but readers do need to be aware that many of the ways that Moran thinks of his subject-matter, namely the social and psychological foundations of courage and its expenditure, were written against a now discredited set of views about the importance of genetics, and a series of racial and colonial stereotypes that would not be acceptable today.What the book also hints at by a sidewind is how much the repression of English public school education desensitised a generation of officers to their own emotional balance except in extremis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Combat Stress Explained, 2 Nov 2009
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Peers Carter (Kent) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Anatomy of Courage (Paperback)
Lord Moran was Churchill's private doctor. His observations and his conclusions on the mental sufferings of combat troops were a breakthrough. They brought about an understanding and sympathy for the condition first known dismissively as 'Shell Shock' ... and sometimes merely as 'Cowardice'. For which you could be shot as an example to others.

Now it is known as PTSD ...Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Or best of all, as Combat Stress. Combat Stress is also the name of the famous and wonderful charity based in Leatherhead, Surrey.

Lord Moran explains how all of us have a certain amount of courage - however brave we may be - and that with every traumatic incident, this well of courage is irreplacably used up. Sooner or later, everyone involved in perpetual combat and who sees terrible things will be mentally damaged. This will cause flashbacks, sleepless nights and erratic behaviour. Sufferers tend to deny their condition for years, afraid of being seen as weak links or cowards, which is why they tend to self-medicate with drink or drugs....ending up homeless on the streets.

This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what a Combat Stress sufferer goes through and why.

With the Iraq and Afghan wars , this book is being constantly reissued.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! TIME PROVEN, 5 Feb 2014
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This book is excellent. If you have an interest in the inside of people's mental state this is your book. Lord Moran lays out in detail why some just suddenly break down. He contends that we all have some much courage in the bank. Once that is gone anyone will break.

It was written years and years ago but the principles unfortunately are proven again and again. Recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan again prove Lord Moran's ideas laid out in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate insight into courage during wartime, 16 Aug 2013
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A real insight into how courage was manifest, and how it was perceived and dealt with in wartime. The writer clearly has great compassion and writes without judgment on the issue.
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