Neurasthenia cases (a)

Two cases of neurasthenia which also give details of trench warfare and other injuries. The symptoms of this condition include physical and mental exhaustion with headaches or irritability and can be linked to depression or emotional stress. Many ‘shell shock’ cases displayed symptoms of neurasthenia. (Catalogue ref: MH106/2101)

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Medical Case Sheet                                                     Army Form I 1237
No, in Admission and Discharge Book

1543

Regimental

6087

Rank

Corporal

Surname

Birtwhistle

Christian Name

A.

Year Unit Age Service
1914 1st Cheshires 32 16
Station & Date

[4th Northern General Hospital]

Lincoln

9.12.14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Dec.

Disease: Defective teeth & Nervous Debility (Neurasthenia)

He has only four front teeth-top side two molars, bottom side and he could not eat biscuits.

 

On the 7th last month he was out scouting at 7.30 he got 1½ miles into enemies’ lines by mistake he was on a bicycle & had orders to retire- when ½ way back Germans opened fire on either side of road- this corporal was last man. They put a log in front of bicycle & threw him head over heels into a German trench & two of them took him prisoner to their quarters. At 2.30 their [position] was blown for an attack & the 2 … left him & whilst they were away, through a hole in the hedge behind his trench he scrambled to a barn & then jumping into German trench & ran up it for 100 yards until he saw the telegraph lines of British troops. He then ran across the road, jumped into a trench 2 feet deep and then there were about 50 shots fired at him, then he saw the Bedfords Regiment & reported position of enemy to them. He has been subject to Neurasthenia ever since. He was sent to 14 General Hospital for 4 days & then sent on here.

He is much better, sleeps well & eats well & no pains. He will be fit for furlough in a few days.

 

B. McFarland, Captain.

 

Medical Case Sheet                                                     Army Form I 1237
No, in Admission and Discharge Book

47

Regimental

 

9030

Rank

 

L. Corporal

 

Surname

 

Barnes

Christian Name

J

Year Unit Age Service
1915 2nd Lancs Fusiliers 28 13
Station & Date

[4th Northern General Hospital]

Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th July

9th July

 

Disease:  Neurasthenia 143

On 5th May at Ypres he got a severe attack of Gas Asphyxia & was three hours unconscious, his nerves were bad after that, he had a bad shock in the end of November, a Jack Johnson [type of shell] fell about 10 yards from him. It killed 4 horses, wounded 3 men & killed a civilian. In February three shells fell on the house he was in & the roof fell in on top of him but he was not much hurt. He was sent to Etaples Hospital for 11 days. He was sent then to Rouen. Arrived here 18th June, Complaining of pain in head, his nerves are completely shattered. He has bad teeth they want attending to.  Old caries [dental cavities] and decayed teeth want removing and a new plate ordered [dentures]. Rest. Light diet and bromide mixture.

B. Mc Farland Captain R.A.M.C.

4th Northern General Hospital

 

Caught a feverish chill and referred to bed.

Temperature down to normal but still complains of pain in legs and given only milk diet still.

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