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  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558743200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558743205
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles L. Whitfield, M.D., is a physician, psychotherapist, and internationally recognized expert on mental illness, behavioral problems, and recovery. He has been on the faculty of the Rutgers University Summer Institute of Alcohol and Drug Studies since 1978, and in private practice of medicine and psychotherapy since 1976. He has been voted by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 1994. He lives in Atlanta, GA

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Hemeyer on July 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a closely-reasoned, scholarly, and somewhat clinical book. Not an "easy read" by any means (it has over 700 reference endnotes!). Well-done charts and lists do help make a great deal of information more manageable. That said, I found it gripping, because he describes my own experience of both trauma and healing so accurately. There is good information on post traumatic stress disorder and its relationship to sexual abuse. He addresses the debate over "false memory syndrome" extensively and, I think, quite well. Throughout, his tone is compassionate and engaged. As both a survivor and one who supports others in their journeys to wholeness, I highly recommend Dr. Whitworth's book for clinicians as well as survivors and those who support us.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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Charles Whitfield is compassionate toward the survivors of sexual abuse. He addresses the effects of PTSD. He validates the memories of survivors, and blows the lid off the "False Memory Syndrome" which is actually not a valid psychologically substantiated syndrome at all. He also exposes the history of False Memory Syndrome Foundation--a "foundation" that will accept anyone who is accused of committing sexual abuse against a child and was founded by parents who were themselves rightly accused of sexual abuse. Hat's off to Charles Whitfield. He has once again provided help and compassionate insight which will aid in the healing of child sexual abuse survivors.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ZSky on January 10, 2008
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I picked up this book with a keen curiosity, as it came to discuss about the difference between the ordinary memory and the traumatic memory, the causes, and how one can heal those traumatic memories. Whitfield also addresses the issues of the "false memory" syndrome and the claims of FMSF, which was the highlight during the early 1990s, which, by the way, I had never heard of.

On another note, I personally like the part about how author talked about false self and true self where one is experiencing a trauma, a false self becomes created and takes over and the true self goes into hiding (since the true self didn't know how to deal with the trauma in the childhood years).

"Memory and Abuse" by Charles Whitfield is well-written and easy to read. It is also a very interesting book and worth a read, in my opinion.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2000
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I have read "Boundaries", also by Whitfield, and find this to be a good follow up. However, this is a different type of text in that Whitfiled is taking a position and constructing an argument in favor of that position. I read this book when I was in my 6th month of recovery (ACA). It helped me because it described what happened to me. A year ago I would have thought Whitfiled was nuts and "buried memories" was a load of crap. They are real--I have had them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve H on December 25, 2006
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After hearing all the hype about "false memories" of abuse, this book clarified everything I needed to know about trauma memories. Authoritative.

I hear there are now over 65 databased studies that prove how traumatic amnesia exists.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A. Sullivan on July 11, 2009
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I read - and reread - Memory and Abuse when it was first published. It quickly became one of the most important books in my "recovery toolkit" - primarily because the author provided a large amount of important, verifiable, practical information in a format that continues to be easy for myself and other abuse and trauma survivors to read and digest. Despite newer books that are based on more up-to-date research, Memory and Abuse will continue to be a valuable resource for adult survivors who choose to develop a deeper understanding - and acceptance - of themselves, and their challenging recovery process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rivka Edery, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. on June 8, 2013
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Dr. Charles Whitfield is one the original clinicians who spearheaded the trauma-informed care movement, providing such books like this one. This is a thorough book at the research, proving that mental illness, without trauma-informed care, will not get treated properly. A pill cannot solve a person's psychic and emotional wounds stemming from childhood trauma. The author proves, leaving no room for doubt, that mental illness has its roots in childhood trauma, and there are alternative recovery programs so the survivor can get the right treatment. Diagnosing, prescribing, categorizing, and offering yet another "improve yourself" magic pill/procedure/solution - cannot be compared to a thoughtful evaluation of the person's trauma history. Nothing can replace genuine, deep healing, based on accurate information and what the research indicates. This book does a priceless job in delivering this message. In my book: "Trauma and Transformation: A 12-Step Guide", I fully explore the spiritual side-effects of trauma, and how the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is a powerful systematic approach for the trauma survivor seeking a spiritual solution.

-Rivka Edery, L.M.S.W
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Author of: "Trauma and Transformation: A 12-Step Guide".
Available from: TRAUMA AND TRANSFORMATION 12 Step Guide
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neurofan on February 19, 2014
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I had read Dr. Whitfield's book on the inner child, but was surprised to find how knowledgeable he is on memory and abuse. Don't go for all those media pushed books that protect people that should not be protected. Instead look into this type of solid information.
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More About the Author

Charles L. Whitfield, M.D., is a physician, psychotherapist, author and internationally recognized expert on mental illness, behavioral problems, and recovery from addiction and trauma. He was on the faculty of the Rutgers University Summer Institute of Alcohol and Drug Studies from 1978 through 2003, and in private practice of addiction medicine and psychotherapy since 1976. He has also been a consultant and collaborator at the CDC in Atlanta since 1998. He has been voted by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 1993. He lives in Atlanta, GA, and is in private practice with his wife, author and therapist, Barbara Harris Whitfield.

For the most up-to-date information about Dr. Whitfield and his work, please visit:
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