Combat Stress: Old Wine in New Bottles
In 1945 the director, John Huston made the documentary film “Let There Be Light” which recognized the combat stress reaction that we now know as PTSD. Huston’s documentary follows soldiers home from the battlefield into a military treatment program. The Army stopped the release of the film for 35 years and it wasn’t until 1981 that the film was allowed for release in a Huston retrospective festival. While the healing talents of Army psychiatrists depicted by Huston approach unbelievable dimensions, the portrayal of the emotional struggle experienced by the soldiers rings true for today’s returning warriors.
Click on this link to see John Huston’s 1945 film: “Let There Be Light”.