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Achilles in Vietnam : combat trauma and the undoing of character

Author: Jonathan Shay
Publisher: New York : Atheneum ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994.
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The number of books on the Vietnam War is, by now, vast and varied. Until recently, however, there has been very little for the public to read about the psychological effect of that conflict on the men who fought in it. Gradually, it has come to be known that the combat veterans of Vietnam suffer, in appalling numbers, from what is known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Indeed, of the three quarters of a  Read more...
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Shay, Jonathan.
Achilles in Vietnam.
New York : Atheneum ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994
(OCoLC)608167540
Online version:
Shay, Jonathan.
Achilles in Vietnam.
New York : Atheneum ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994
(OCoLC)624386946
Named Person: Homer.; Homer; Homerus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Shay
ISBN: 0689121822 9780689121821
OCLC Number: 28709432
Description: xxiii, 246 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Betrayal of "what's right" --
2. Shrinkage of the social and moral horizon --
3. Grief at the death of a special comrade --
4. Guilt and wrongful substitution --
5. Berserk --
6. Dishonoring the enemy --
7. What Homer left out --
8. Soldiers' luck and God's will --
9. Reclaiming the "Iliad's" gods as a metaphor of social power --
10. The breaking points of moral existence --
what breaks? --
11. Healing and tragedy --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Jonathan Shay.

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Dr. Shay has spent the past several years treating Vietnam-combat veterans afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder. He has come to see an overwhelming and undeniable similarity to the  Read more...

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