100 Years Ago: Shell Shock Treated at Cobourg, West Hastings Registration

The Intelligencer July 11, 1918 (page 1)

“Shattered Nerves Restored at Cobourg. In this war as in no former war, heavy artillery and high explosives play a leading part. This feature has brought about a type of casualty which was rarely known in other wars, namely, shell shock, bringing with it mental or nervous disability.

On various occasions prominent medical men have tried to prove that there is really no such thing as shell shock, but in spite of that large numbers of men are returning to Canada, rendered unfit for further military service by nervous or mental collapse, due to the strain of modern warfare and the conditions under which men live and fight on the battlefields overseas. These men are, in many cases, in worse condition than those who have lost their limbs, and only the most skilled and careful treatment will ever fit them for former civilian occupations. …

Fortunately for them, the medical staff of our army is fully alive to their needs and have provided special hospitals for them where every device and treatment known to the medical world is provided with a view to bringing about cures. The centre for such treatment in Ontario is at Cobourg and the institution goes under the name of the Ontario Military Hospital.”

The Intelligencer July 11, 1918 (page 1)

“Registration In West Hastings. Mr. J. A. Kerr, of this city, registrar for West Hastings, has received the complete returns from the various deputy registrars appointed in the riding and they show that the total registration was 24,011, of which, 12,108 were males and 11,903 were females.”