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Absorbing, interesting book on the way that the state renders the veteran and his/her health pathological and personal. The many labels and medico-legal arguments that abound seek weakness in the constitution of the veteran, so that they can absolve the institutions of war of responsibility for turning young men into cannon fodder. I read the book several years ago but it stands out, the interview material was compelling and the narrative curious and empathetic, factual and interpretive. A social history about the way that the military complex churns the bodies of young men (this is WW2) through the great war machine leaving them to the beds of the Ward 17s across the nation.  

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