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Trauma of War

Stress and Recovery in Vietnam Veterans

Edited by Stephen M. Sonnenberg, M.D., Arthur S. Blank, Jr., M.D., and John A. Talbott, M.D.

  • 1985
  • 480 Pages
  • ISBN 978-0-88048-048-2
  • Item #8048

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The Trauma of War: Stress and Recovery of Vietnam Veterans is a unique psychiatric source book. This volume provides a scientific account of the psychological ravages of the war in Vietnam on the men and women who served there, but throughout the book reverberates the troubled voices of these veterans-and the sensitive voices of the mental health professionals who have been directly affected by their work with these veterans.

The chief emphasis on The Trauma of War: Stress and Recovery of Vietnam Veterans involves careful evaluation of troubled veterans and sensitive but effective modes of treatment. The special readjustment needs of black, Hispanic, and women veterans are also addressed. Finally, application of this clinical material to the area of posttraumatic stress disorder research reflect the significant advances that have been made in the field since posttraumatic stress disorder was first recognized as a diagnostic entity. These advancements in research constitute a fitting legacy to the thousands of Vietnam veterans who have continued to suffer from the trauma of war.


  • Introduction: the trauma of war. Posttraumatic stress disorder: an old problem with a new name. War trauma and human development: the Vietnam experience. Social networks, helping networks, and Vietnam veterans. Irrational reactions to posttraumatic stress disorder and Vietnam veterans. Diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans. Individual psychotherapy with Vietnam veterans. Rap groups and group therapy for Vietnam veterans. Family therapy for Vietnam veterans. The place of narcosynthesis in the treatment of chronic and delayed stress response reactions of war. The veterans administration's Vietnam veteran outreach and counseling centers. Inpatient treatment of Vietnam veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. A guide to obtaining a military history from Vietnam veterans. The unconscious flashback tot eh ware in Vietnam veterans: clinical mystery, legal defense, and community problem. Women Vietnam veterans. Vietnam veterans on active duty: adjustment in a supportive environment. Vietnam era prisoners of war: studies of U.S. Air Force prisoners of war. The intercultural setting: Encountering black Vietnam veterans. Diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in the Hispanic Vietnam veterans. Incarcerated Vietnam veterans. Forensic assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans. Conclusion: stress and recovery in Vietnam veterans. Index.

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