Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Psychology - 272 pages
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An original and groundbreaking book that examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder

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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User Review  - David.Alfred.Sarkies - LibraryThing

This is one of the toughest books that I have read to date and pretty much halfway through the chapter on grief I found that my brain had been reduced to slush. Now, I have never been to war and never ... Read full review

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User Review  - RoyNRogers - LibraryThing

One of the great books of my life. Dr. Shay uses the Iliad to analyze the Vietnam War and the Vietnam War to analyze the Iliad. Classic scholarship in service to healing! Stunning! Thank you, Dr. Shay. Read full review

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Jonathan Shay 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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