Psychosomatic paralysis
“If you believe your spine was damaged, how do you account for the fact that so many doctors have examined you and told you that it isn’t” (pg 112)

Psychosomatic disorder, now more commonly referred to as psychophysiologic illness, is an illness whose symptoms are caused by mental processes of the sufferer rather than immediate physiological causes. (Wikipedia)

Basically, these “injuries” are most often caused by external factors and other mental blocks. A re-occurring memory or a terrifying experience can cause the mind to compensate for the horror. In Regeneration we see this in the way that Willard, while physically fine, has created a mental block against walking, therefore paralyzing himself from the waist down. Rivers attempts to reverse this symptom by having Willard break the mental block.

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Information on psychosomatic illnesses

W.R.H. + W.Z.S.