medical problems

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    • trench foot
      • caused by standing in waterlogged trenches
      • resulted in amputations of limbs and gangrene
    • trench fever
      • flu symptoms such as high temperature, headache and aching muscles
      • spread by lice and men could be ill for a month. affected half a million men on western front
    • shell shock
      • symptoms such as tiredness, headaches, nightmares, loss of speech, uncontrollable shaking and complete mental breakdown
      • used code word (not yet diagnosed nervous) by army for shell shock
    • gas attacks
      • types of gas were: chlorine(1915), phosgene (1915), mustard (1917.
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