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‘Shell Shock’—The 100-Year Mystery May Now Be Solved

A landmark study sheds new light on the damage caused by “blast shock”—the signature injury of wars for more than a century.

Traumatic Brain Injury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The findings, published Thursday in the medical journal the Lancet Neurology, reveal a unique and consistent pattern of damage in the autopsied brains of eight military service members who had served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East.

All had suffered trauma after exposure to blast force on the battlefield, mostly from improvised explosive devices (IEDs)—the signature injury of recent campaigns, just as shell shock from exploding artillery shells had been the signature injury of World War I, a hundred years before.

All had suffered trauma after exposure to blast force on the battlefield, mostly from improvised explosive devices (IEDs)—the signature injury of recent campaigns, just as shell shock from exploding artillery shells had been the signature injury of World War I, a hundred years before.

In medical terminology, traumatic brain injury, or TBI, covers conditions that range from penetrating head wounds to blunt-force trauma typical of concussions.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/blast-shock-tbi-ptsd-ied-shell-shock-world-war-one/

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