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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Algora Publishing (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875863221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875863221
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,684,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I was there with Dr. Scurfield. It was actually as if my own gamut of emotons were on display being dredged up to the surface to be examined and dealt with objectively. As a former psychiatric social worker and veteran I cannot ]raise this book too highly.
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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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