Abstract / Description of output
Arthur Hurst was a British First World War physician, best known for his films of shell shock, ‘War Neuroses'. He has often been portrayed an innovative pioneer of somewhat mysterious ‘suggestion’ techniques for functional motor disorders but also as an ambitious clinician who exaggerated the effectiveness of his treatments and failed to address psychological factors. His use of suggestion, persuasion and re-education together with occupational therapy, for chronic or severe cases of shell shock stirred controversy at the time because of the dramatic nature of some of his treatment responses and lack of outcome data. In part, this was a turf war between neurologists and psychiatrists for a dominant therapeutic model. A re-evaluation of his publications and new research into soldiers treated at Seale Hayne in Devon show that Hurst pioneered multidisciplinary and empathetic treatments for functional motor disorders with good short-term outcomes, though insufficient data survives to assess longer term outcomes.
|Journal||Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2020|