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"Little Mehmed in the Ottoman Great War: Wartime Nervous
  Breakdown and the Politics of Medical Interpretation"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:30pm-2:00pm
Georgetown University, CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241), Washington, DC

Speaker: Yücel Yanıkdağ, University of Richmond


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World War I was the first event in which medical professionals examined and treated large numbers of soldiers who seemed to be suffering debilitating war-related nervous symptoms. Just a few months into the war, European soldiers began to exhibit functional disorders of sight, hearing, speech and gait as well as insomnia, tremors, and uncontrollable emotionality. The numbers of "broken men" were so high that military and political leaders in each country viewed war neurosis as sapping the ability of the fighting forces. How did the "Little Mehmet" fare in this industrialized war? This talk will discuss the politics of wartime and post-war medical interpretation of the psychological conditions displayed by broken Ottoman soldiers.

Each event will be free and open to the general public. For further information, please email Omer Zarpli.