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Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Characterby Jonathan Shay
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An original and groundbreaking book that examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homerand#8217;s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorderandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homerand#8217;s andlt;Iandgt;Iliadandlt;/Iandgt; with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the andlt;Iandgt;Iliadandlt;/Iandgt; was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets.
Using vivid narratives of Vietnam veterans afflicted with posttraumatic stress disorder, his own discoveries in treating these men, and the profound poetic truths of the Iliad, Shay reveals the devastating effects of catastrophic war experiences on the minds and spirits of soldiers.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-236) and index.
About the Author
Jonathan Shayandlt;/bandgt; is a Boston-area psychiatrist whose patients are Vietnam combat veterans with severe, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder in the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. He is also on the faculty of Tufts Medical School. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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