Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Trauma and Memory: Clinical and Legal Controversies,edited by Paul S. Appelbaum, Lisa A. Uyehara, and Mark R. Elin, 552 pp, $55, ISBN 0-19-510065-4, New York, NY Oxford University Press, 1997.
The study of memory and forgetting—which involves neurology, psychiatry, neurobiology, and psychology—has become exciting, perplexing, and frustrating. Although remembering and forgetting are basic mental operations that have been observed for centuries, we are far from understanding how they occur. Memory is one of the frontiers of medical science.
Trauma and Memory offers a broad overview of the state of our knowledge on how memory works, how it fails, and how it is affected by traumatic events. Its three editors and 30-some authors are among the wisest in the land when it comes to trauma, memory, and their clinical and legal implications. Like the men in the parable, they each provide a detailed, if not definitive, account of their respective parts of this particular elephant. Even when their descriptions are blended together, we do not have a clear picture of the whole elephant.
Trauma and Memory. JAMA. 1998;279(4):329-330. doi:10.1001/jama.279.4.329-JBK0128-3-1