Letter: Victims of war

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The Independent Culture
Sir: I cannot find the right words to express my anguish that in your health article ("Finding the right words", 1 July) the Second World War did not get a mention at all. Tens of thousands of men returned to Britain at the end of that war with post-traumatic stress disorder and were totally ignored.

I am the widow of one. He was captured at the fall of Crete and spent four years, mostly in Stalag Luft III.

In Holland, my country of origin, the condition was recognised in the Fifties by Professor J Bastiaans, who pioneered and developed treatment.

Britain has lamentably failed a generation of men, some of whom are still alive and suffering.

Mrs P A BABCOCK-KWINT

Rickmansworth,

Hertfordshire

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