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Psychiatric illness and suicide in the heroic age of Antarctic exploration

Guly, H. R.. 2012 Psychiatric illness and suicide in the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. History of Psychiatry, 23 (2). 206-215. 10.1177/0957154X11399209

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Abstract/Summary

During the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, a number of the early explorers developed psychiatric illness either in the Antarctic or shortly after leaving it. Most of these were psychotic illnesses and stress reactions. At least six explorers committed suicide either in the Antarctic or after their return. These cases are described, and possible reasons for the apparent high incidence of psychiatric disease and suicide are discussed. There are also examples of the possible misuse of psychiatric labels.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1177/0957154X11399209
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Other Special Projects
ISSN: 0957-154X
Additional Keywords: Acute stress disorder, Alcoholism, Isolation, Polar psychology, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Psychosis, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Shell shock
Date made live: 03 Jul 2012 13:25
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/18621

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