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Achilles in Vietnam Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (Paperback)

Author:  Jonathan Shay
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0684813211
ISBN-13: 9780684813219
Sku: 30121413
Publish Date: 10/1/1995
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  272
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Compares the experiences of soldiers in the Vietnam war with those in the Trojan War, and examines how the stresses of combat affect the individual soldier *Author: Shay, Jonathan *Subtitle: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character *Publication Date: 1995/10/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.50
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In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad 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.In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad 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.

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San Francisco Review of Books
"Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as nightmares, hallucinations, severe depression, and exaggerated startle response, haven't changed since Homer's time, as psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Shay's erudite 'Achilles in Vietnam' so clearly points out. The book uses the voices of actual patients of Shay's to counterpoint those of the warriors in Homer's 'Iliad'..." - Ann Collette May/June 1995
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