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At The Side of Torture Survivors: Treating a Terrible Assault on Human Dignity; Splintered Innocence: An Intuitive Approach to Treating War Trauma

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7333.369a (Published 09 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:369
  1. Lynne Jones, child and adolescent psychiatrist
  1. medical director of the child psychiatry programme in Kosovo for Child Advocacy International

    At The Side of Torture Survivors: Treating a Terrible Assault on Human Dignity

    Eds Sepp Graessner, Norbert Gurris, Christian Pross

    Johns Hopkins University Press, $46.50/£31.50, pp 218

    ISBN 0 8018 6627 8

    Splintered Innocence: An Intuitive Approach to Treating War Trauma

    Peter Heinl

    Brunner-Routledge, £15.99, pp 170

    ISBN 0 415 22363 6

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    At a meeting in 2000 the Royal College of Psychiatrists debated the existence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The debate missed the point. In my experience of working in conflict areas it is perfectly possible to bag up people's presenting clusters of symptoms in this particular way. However, this label rarely serves a useful purpose. It fails to embrace …

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