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Counselling and Therapy with Refugees

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:339
  1. Derek Summerfield

    Guus van der Veer, Wiley, pounds sterling14.95, pp 275, ISBN 0 471 95175 7

    The past five years have seen striking increases in the number of refugees from organised violence seeking sanctuary in Western countries and a burgeoning medical and psychological literature to match. Many such books and papers discuss “trauma” and “torture” as if they were definitive and can be isolated, but this practical guide offers a more contextualised account. The main author is a psychotherapist at the Social Psychiatric Service for Refugees in Amsterdam. Half of his patients have been tortured, but he seeks to ground their …

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