Nov 03, 2017
Remembrance Day Program - Dr. Kandace Bogaert
War Trauma & Experiences of World War I Veterans Treated at the Ontario Military Hospital, Cobourg

In recognition of the thousands of veterans who returned with lasting trauma from the First World War, Dr. Bogaert will be speaking about the experiences of First World War veterans treated for psychiatric illnesses at the Ontario Military Hospital in Cobourg, Ontario. While the term “shell shock” retained social currency long after the war, veterans at this hospital were diagnosed with a diverse array of illnesses, which some were able to attribute to their military service and receive compensation from the Board of Pension Commissioners (BPC). Looking at individual veterans’ interactions with doctors and the BPC, this talk will outline the perception and treatment of psychiatric illnesses during and immediately following the First World War.