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This collection includes books scanned from the USU Archives' Rare Book Collection from the World War I era. These books examine a soldier's physical or psychological reaction to the trauma of combat. During the World War I era, this disorder was called shell shock. Today, it is referred to as combat stress reaction (CSR), a precursor to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


The Rare Book Collection consists of over 3,000 books spanning four centuries and covering an array of medical subjects. Much of the collection was donated to USU in 2005 as part of the Sommer Family Collection. Drs. George Sommer I and II, two New Jersey surgeons, collected these volumes over the course of the 20th century. The collection amassed by these two prominent physicians contains medical books and periodicals dating back to 1672, with the majority of the collection dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Use the library's catalog to search for rare books: Library Catalog.

 
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