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Wednesday, 19 February 2014
In the Mind's Eye: The Blinded Veteran's of St Dunstan's - David Castelton
Title: In the Mind's Eye: The Blinded Veteran's of St Dunstan's
Author: David Castelton
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Photo's: 30 b/w
The tragedy of war manifests itself in many ways but one of the most devastating and isolating for the soldier has to be the loss of sight; for many the primary interaction with the world around them. David Castelton has written a gripping account of how the right man in the right place resulted in a profound paradigm shift for both the victim soldiers and the society around them regarding the very nature of blindness and its limitations. The story of Arthur Pearson (himself blind) and his success at creating a rehabilitation program for victims of war blindness is a testament to the quality and vision of the man; and his legacy continues today as the Blind Veteran's UK charity. Well written and researched and worthy of a read.