The Resource Achilles in Vietnam : combat trauma and the undoing of character, Jonathan Shay

Achilles in Vietnam : combat trauma and the undoing of character, Jonathan Shay

Label
Achilles in Vietnam : combat trauma and the undoing of character
Title
Achilles in Vietnam
Title remainder
combat trauma and the undoing of character
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Shay
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 million surviving combat veterans, one quarter of a million suffer from this disorder and the personal costs it imposes. (For a full discussion of PTSD and its symptoms, see the Introduction and Chapter 10.) In Achilles in Vietnam, Dr. Jonathan Shay casts new, challenging, and irrefutable light on the lives of these men and the ravages of combat trauma on their minds and spirits. For many years, Dr. Shay has been the psychiatrist for a group of Vietnam veterans. In that time, he has come to see an overwhelming and undeniable similarity between their experiences and those of the soldiers in the Iliad; after all, this centuries-old epic is about soldiers in war and its disastrous consequences for their character. More specifically, the elements of Achilles story - the betrayal by his commander, the shrinking of his moral and social world to a small group of friends, the death of one or more of these comrades, the accompanying feelings of grief, guilt, and numbness followed by a "berserk" rage - are heard over and over in the stories of these men who were once soldiers and are still caught up in that old struggle. Drawing at length on these men's vivid and heart-rending words, as well as on Dr. Shay's own close, ingenious, and persuasive reading of Homer's classic story, Achilles in Vietnam has already been acclaimed by soldiers, writers, classicists, and psychiatrists. It should transform any and all future discussions of the Vietnam War
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shay, Jonathan
Index
index present
LC call number
RC550
LC item number
.S53 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1994 E-724
  • WM 170
NLM item number
S538a 1994
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Homer
  • Homer
  • Homerus
  • Vietnam War
  • War neuroses
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Veterans
  • War
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Veterans
  • Warfare
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychological aspects
  • Veterans
  • War neuroses
  • War
  • Vietnam-oorlog
  • Veteranen
  • Posttraumatische stressstoornis
  • ancien combattant
  • Vietnamkrieg
  • Veteran
  • Kriegsneurose
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Achilles in Vietnam : combat trauma and the undoing of character, Jonathan Shay
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 246 pages
Isbn
9780689121821
Lccn
93032034
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28709432
  • (OCoLC)ocm28709432
Label
Achilles in Vietnam : combat trauma and the undoing of character, Jonathan Shay
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 246 pages
Isbn
9780689121821
Lccn
93032034
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28709432
  • (OCoLC)ocm28709432

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