The Effects Of Torture In The Second World War

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1939 was the start of a war, but not just any war a war that would change the face of medicine of so many ways. A war where torture was the main technique used by Germany, and many other surrounding countries. But other than torture the Second World War was a war that involved a lot of medically advances, in German, due to the pressure of German Leaders and society. While many people focus on the Nazi Regime over Germany during World War II; I am going to focus on what happened the the world post the Second World War. When torture and Medicine became a part of our daily lives. Torture being the norm for what you did when you captured a prisoner, or what we would call a “prisoner of war”. And Medicine becoming the answer to all our problems …show more content…
While many of the torture techniques did not arrive until post World War II, throughout the war they adapted and became something new. One of the main examples of this includes the torture techniques know as Bucking. Bucking, otherwise known as the Parrot’s Perch, due to the fact that this torture technique involved tying the hands and knees together and then putting a pole behind the knees and in front of the elbows. After the war bucking evolved to victims starting to receive water in the nostrils and being attached to electric shock machines. Bucking was a common practice post the Second World War and eventually during 1960’s bucking became a common use for police in places such as Egypt, Italy, Syria ect. Other common methods of torture adopted by police forces and the CIA included Standing Handcuffs,Alternative Cuffs,The Wooden …show more content…
Treatment in today’s society for post traumatic stress disorder still includes “Both talk therapy (psychotherapy) and medication provide effective evidence-based treatments for PTSD.” (APA) We still prescribe pills,to PTSD victims as if there has been no change from the Second World War,when it was addressed as combat fatigue but will there ever be a cure for a traumatic event? you can not pretend you did not see what you saw.
To understand how medicine evolved, mostly war time medicine due to the Second World War, evaluating how many doctors were one call and to compare it to wartime doctors now. During World War II there were only “two dental officers, one warrant officer,1078 enlisted men, and medical regiment 76 officers.” The specific jobs of these officers differed, for example the medical regiment doctors were taught only the most basic and important phases of medicine; surgery Itself, procedures, and the aspects and tools of medicine. Medicine that nine years after the war barely progressed when a bullet wound came into the emergency room the prodigal was “whenever possible

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