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Book and Media Reviews
August 3, 2011

Fields of Combat: Understanding PTSD Among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Thomas B. Finan Center, Cumberland, Maryland (thomas.grieger@gmail.com).

JAMA. 2011;306(5):553. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1075

This textbook is well organized, interesting, and easy to follow. As a former military psychiatrist, I also found this work to accurately reflect the background, culture, and personal experiences of combat veterans. The work outlines the diverse facets of environment and symptoms for persons who work or live with veterans with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following combat exposure. Written by a medical anthropologist, the book examines not only the characteristics of the disorder and its treatments but also the complexity of fully understanding persons with the disorder and their interactions with their environment.

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