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New Perspectives on Ivor Gurney’s Mental Illness
by Pamela Blevins

Gary Clark, Mon, 16 Oct 2000:

    I suppose I speak from a biased standpoint when I praise this scholarship, but so be it.
    I found this perspective to be totally engrossing and a tremendous help in understanding the nature of Gurney's illness and lack of proper diagnosis/treatment.  Pam outlines the path taken and takes us down it in one continuous string of cause and effect.  While reading, I could not help saying to myself "how could this happen"?
    After I finished, I took ahold of that photo of Gurney in his uniform that was taken (I believe) after a battle, and in that photo you see what combat soldiers refer to as 'the thousand  mile stare', that empty void, that despair that battle brings.  Reading Pam's article has a similar
effect, in that you can almost feel Gurney's despair in a world gone mad.  She deserves the highest of praise for helping me understand this aspect of another soldiers life.  I am certainly grateful and fortunate to have the opportunity to look into his soul.
Dave Goodland, Sun, 22 Oct 2000:
...In the meantime may I recommend Pam Blevin's article on Ivor's mental state on the IVOR GURNEY WEBSITE. It's the most sensible and comprehensive viewpoint I've ever seen. It comes with the usual Blevin's in-depth research... so it must be taken seriously.

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New Perspectives on Ivor Gurney’s Mental Illness

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Manic-depressive illness and schizophrenia
Florence Gurney, a life of disappointment
From mother to son — the genetic factor
A stranger to his family
The first breakdown — Euphoria and despair
War — an unlikely respite
A romantic interlude
The asylum
The last years


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