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Book club: Regeneration, Pat Barker
  1. Katharine Harding
  1. 1Institute for Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Katharine Harding, Institute for Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; katharineharding{at}doctors.org.uk

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The centenary of the start of the First World War is imminent, and this month the Book Club discussed Pat Barker's novel Regeneration (figure 1), set in that War. It is based on the true story of William Rivers, an army psychiatrist treating soldiers for shell shock. The book describes many of his patients, including the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as an army doctor with a horror of blood, …

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