Central Connecticut State University

Military
12:09 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Historian’s efforts to research Civil War PTSD thwarted by privacy law

S.H. Perkins, 14th Conn. Regiment, created between 1860 and 1870. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-cwpb-04960

Post Traumatic-Stress Disorder is a fairly common diagnosis among veterans returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the psychological impact of war on soldiers is hardly new.

Professor Matt Warshauer of Central Connecticut State University has been researching instances of PTSD during the Civil War, which was then referred to as Soldier's Heart. His research has been tripped up by a relatively modern medical issue: privacy.

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