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published: Aug 2017
publisher: UBC Press

Invisible Scars

Mental Trauma and the Korean War

by Meghan Fitzpatrick

tagged: korean war, mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)

The Korean War (1950–53) was a ferocious and brutal conflict that produced over four million casualties in the span of three short years. Despite this, it remains relatively absent from most accounts of mental health and war trauma. Invisible Scars provides the first extended exploration of Commonwealth Division psychiatry during the Korean War. Fitzpatrick demonstrates that although Commonwealth forces were generally successful in returning psychologically traumatized servicemen to duty and fostering good morale, they failed to compensate or support in a meaningful way veterans returning to civilian life. This book offers an intimate look into the history of psychological trauma.

About the Author

Meghan Fitzpatrick

Contributor Notes

Dr. Meghan Fitzpatrick is a post-doctoral research fellow in war studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. A graduate of King’s College London and the Institute of Historical Research, her work has appeared in such distinguished publications as the Social History of Medicine.

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