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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Algora Publishing (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875863221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875863221
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,424,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a clinical psychologist and veteran of the War in Iraq, I can assure you that my review of the current literature has been extensive. To date, nothing published contains such extraordinary real world relevance as that which has been submitted to Algora Publishing by Dr. Scurfield….There simply is nothing else that captures the essence of the impact of war on combat veterans.

Volume 2, Healing Journeys, in and of itself contains invaluable material regarding medical evacuations, racism in war, and the terrible collusion of silence that continues to be an issue of tremendous proportion that has plagued many soldiers; issues which are rarely, if ever, addressed in other published material.

Dr. Scurfield's Vietnam Trilogy will be a tremendous service to those of us in uniform who have served, as well as those charged with providing for the psychological well-being of our combat veterans, their families, mental health professionals, and the general public. --Kathy Platoni, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, LTC/MS/USAR

Scurfield s extensive work with Vietnam veterans in his 25+ year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs informs and enriches this work, which includes very engaging treatments of his return to Vietnam with his clients. Finally, the general public (read non veteran and non therapist) will find the treatment of the personal challenges and changes forged in war intriguing. Together these three works will provide a personalized background of where we ve been, where we went, how we got there and possible future implications for our evolving understanding of the Vietnam war and its impacts on participants, policy makers and the public. We have a long way to go to develop this understanding, but A Vietnam Trilogy is a very good place to start. --Gary E. May, Assoc. Prof. of Social Work, University of Southern Indiana, in Traumatology, Fall 2005

About the Author

Raymond Monsour Scurfield, DSW, LCSW, ACSW, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. A Vietnam veteran, he worked for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for 25 years and directed PTSD mental health programs in Los Angeles, Washington DC, the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and American Samoa. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in war-related PTSD through his leadership of innovative treatment programs, 50+ publications, 250+ presentations, educational videos, national media appearances and research. His most recent publications are on racism and PTSD, and the continuing psychological impact of the events of 9/11.
Scurfield was the lead author of an article for Frontiers (fall 2003) on the award-winning study-abroad course he co-led that uniquely combined history and mental health curriculum and experiential learning. His next book (2005) details that project and includes a compelling formulation of what remains to be done concerning healing from the war indeed, any war and how to accomplish it.
Scurfield has received several outstanding university teacher awards and he was awarded the Department of Veterans Affairs Olin E. Teague award for extraordinary contributions benefiting war-injured veterans. His achievements in the study and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder have become landmarks in psychiatry.

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In his trilogy Dr. Scurfield leads with his personal experience as a soldier in Vietnam, a leading PTSD practitioner and a man of heart.
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His experience is invaluable and is presented in a style that is engaging and understandable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David H. Johnson on December 30, 2004
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Raymond Mansour Scurfield takes the reader through an account of pyschiatric casualties of the Vietnam war that is unlike any other book on the era that I've ever read. This is not simply a tale of the horrors of the war...though they are illustrated throughout...but is a first-hand view from one who worked in-country with psychiatric cases and who has continued that work for nearly 40 years with veterans of the war. His experience is invaluable and is presented in a style that is engaging and understandable.

What makes the book indispensable is the door it opens into the mind of the trauma survivor. This is not a book that is theoretical in nature, though its foundations are clearly theoretically sound. Rather, it is an eyewitness journey with practical insight from one who is not only a keen observer of his surroundings, but a renowned clinician with an extraordinary mind.

If you are a survivor, if you live with or know a survivor, or if you work with PTSD survivors, this is a must read. Don't wait to order it. Get it now and read it NOW!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim Williams on February 28, 2006
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A Vietnam Trilogy provides professionals and lay persons alike a reader-friendly blueprint for understanding and treating war veterans who show symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Raymond Scurfield shares his personal experience treating Viet Nam era vets while giving the reader a glimpse into his personal journey of recovery through PTSD with the use of his personal journal he kept while he was stationed in Viet Nam from 1967 to 1969. The text is extensively researched and numerous annotated references are provided.

From the first pages, Dr. Scurfield engages the reader on both a professional and personal level. With clinical and first person accounts, this author paints a vivid picture of the many presentations of PTSD and gives us a glimpse into the world of the men and women who selflessly serve their country and carry the scars with them long after their enlistments.

The text is instantly captivating as the author carefully weaves the fabric of the political climate regarding veteran

treatment and the many challenges practitioners have faced to get vets proper mental health care. He shares with the reader his personal frustration with the bureaucratic process and the many effective and innovative treatment modalities available to those diagnosed with PTSD.

Scurfield's information is pertinent and relevant today. The men and women currently fighting in the Middle East face the same type of ruthless opponent as the soldiers in Viet Nam. Though the book focuses on the Nam era it is timeless in its message. PTSD is not exclusively a war caused mental illness. Variations of Dr. Scurfield's interventions can be applied to anyone who suffers the personal ravages of this disorder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven N. Tice on April 12, 2007
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Dr. Scurfield's remarkable triology appears at first glance to be aimed at trauma therapists, veterans and their families. If one gives any thought to the events taking place in the world of today, then a wider audience is called - we all, as citizens of the world, need to contemplate the true cost of war. The old saying, 'war is Hell' has been historically attributed to veterans only. This is a mistake. In his trilogy Dr. Scurfield leads with his personal experience as a soldier in Vietnam, a leading PTSD practitioner and a man of heart. I am not an objective source yet I am a credible one. I have known and worked with Dr. Scurfield for nearly three decades and certainly shared a portion of the journey of which he details in the trilogy. It is my telegram that he utilizes on page 24 of book 2 to illustrate the unimaginable impact cold, clinical prose elicits when families are informed of their loved one's catastrophic wounding in combat. I have been blessed to be mentored by Dr. Scurfield in the field of trauma therapy. Readers must listen carefully to his views on the treatment of PTSD as he unveils strategies I have seen work with trauma survivors in therapy. This is not a book by a researcher theorizing, yet not truly touching those written about. Quite the opposite. Dr. Scurfield has treated war veterans from the time they were soldiers into old age. He understands the continuum of the healing process. But make no mistake, the cost of war touches us all - even those who actively avoid it - and in these pages Dr. Scurfield both describes and offers us all a way out of Hell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angelo G. Romeo on August 28, 2005
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Dr. Scurfield has given us the key to understanding what was happening inside us during our time "in country" and ever since. One cannot help but remember the beauty of the land and, most of all, the others who shared this experience with us. His thoughts are straightforward, honest and caring. He leads us to realize that we are not alone and to appreciate family, friends, and buddies who were with us before and during the event or who have come into our lives since. The book is both enjoyable and entertaining.
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There is a new Bible in town and this remarkable treatise is it. As a combat veteran of both Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, there is a scarcity of compelling and accurate manuscripts that genuinely capture the fact of the matter and the bona fide psychological impact of war and its devastating aftermath on the human psyche. Dr. Scurfield has done just that in a manner that is both forcefully convincing and stunning in its truth telling. It was during my last overseas deployment, deep in the Sunni Triangle of Death, that I immersed myself in his first volume of his Vietnam Trilogy, A Vietnam Trilogy: Veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress; 1968,1989, and 2000. It was awe-inspiring to have our very experiences in the wartime theater of Iraq depicted so exactly as we were living it---and his book was written about military psychiatry during the Vietnam War and about Vietnam veterans! This book, indeed, is a testimony to the profound universalities of the experience of war and its impact across eras and generations.

Colonel Kathy Platoni, Psy.D.
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