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A Vietnam Trilogy: Veterans and Post Traumatic Stress, 1968, 1989, 2000 Paperback – August 1, 2004
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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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Colonel Kathy Platoni, Psy.D.