Chapter 4. Is GWS About More than the Gulf War? An Anthropological Approach to the Illness

  1. Professor Harry Lee Former Head2 and
  2. Edgar Jones3
  1. Susie Kilshaw

Published Online: 15 MAY 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470512364.ch4

War and Health: Lessons from the Gulf War

War and Health: Lessons from the Gulf War

How to Cite

Kilshaw, S. (2007) Is GWS About More than the Gulf War? An Anthropological Approach to the Illness, in War and Health: Lessons from the Gulf War (eds H. Lee and E. Jones), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470512364.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Gulf War Veterans Medical Assessment Programme at St Thomas's Hospital, London, UK

  2. 3

    Institute of Psychiatry and King's Centre for Military Health Research, Weston Education Centre, 10 Cutcombe Road, London SE5 9RJ, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAY 2007
  2. Published Print: 11 MAY 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470512296

Online ISBN: 9780470512364

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Keywords:

  • anthropological approach of GWS;
  • ‘GWS’- “syndrome” of typical experiences;
  • GWS as particular cultural phenomenon;
  • re-configuring post-war/post-forces identity;
  • Gulf veterans and Gulf War associations

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Symptoms and Symptom Reporting as Idioms of Distress

  • The Narrative Construction of GWS

  • GWS Explanatory Models

  • Medicalisation

  • Conclusions

  • References