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Combat Trauma from the Past: Data portray Civil War's mental, physical fallout

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10:51am, February 8, 2006

Thanks to extensive military and medical records for Union Army veterans of the U.S. Civil War, a research team has determined that soldiers who saw many of their comrades killed or who were prisoners of war experienced a greater incidence of serious physical and mental ailments later in life and died at younger ages than other veterans did.

The link between harrowing combat experiences and various postwar illnesses and death was strongest among younger groups of soldiers, reaching a peak in those who had enlisted between ages 9 and 17, say Judith Pizarro of the University of California, Irvine and her col

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