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PTSD: There is help for patients—and providers

Our understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has come a long way since General George Patton was reprimanded for assaulting “shellshocked” soldiers on two separate occasions in 1943. Neither of the hospitalized patients had physical wounds, which enraged Patton to the point he dragged them from their hospital beds, slapped them, kicked them to the ground, and pulled out his sidearm. While attacking Private Charles Kuhl, Patton was reported to have screamed, “Your nerves, hell, you are just a goddamned coward. Shut up that goddamned crying. I won't have these brave men who have been shot at seeing this yellow bastard sitting here crying.”

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