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Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay,M.D.,Ph.D.

Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character. Dr.Shay employs Homer`s Iliad and the combat expierences of Achilles, as well as a group of combat vets from the Vietnam War, their trauma and subsequent PTSD. The glowing similarities are astounding as the author compares the traumatic events of the Vietnam veterans in his charge (in their own words), to those of the warriors of the ancient classic by Homer. Fascinating read!

Added:  Monday, March 25, 2002
Reviewer:  Bill
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Language: eng


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