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CONCUSSION, civ. law. The unlawful forcing of another by threats of violence to give something of value. It differs from robbery in this, that in robbery the thing is taken by force, while in concussion it is obtained by threatened violence. Hein. Lec. El, Sec. 1071

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Despite continued skepticism within the English medical community as to whether relatively trivial physical traumata could cause severe mental disorders (and even doubt as to the severity of the psychiatric symptoms themselves), litigation increasingly involved claims of "spinal concussion," of which claims of "shock," "spinal anemia" and meningitis were variants.
In World War I symptoms that we would now identify as fitting the DSM-III PTSD criteria were referred to as "shell shock." The symptoms that followed combat were attributed to cerebral concussions and the rupture of small vessels in the brain, an idea probably carried over from the old "spinal concussion" concept.
He suffered a spinal concussion on Saturday and has had two episodes of it in the past, but he has made a full recovery from it."