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Book and Media Reviews
August 4, 2010

Intervention and Resilience After Mass Trauma

JAMA. 2010;304(5):580-584. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1100

The Haiti earthquake and the recent failed New York City car bombing are potent reminders of natural and manmade acts that can cause widespread death and destruction and the need to prepare an effective response. The editors of this volume, Michael Blumenfield and Robert Ursano, have done a masterful job of assembling a group of international experts in disaster mental health to distill the best available evidence on how to promote individual and community resilience to mass trauma. The book stems from the inaugural Sidney E. Frank Conference hosted by New York Medical College in 2006 and is accompanied by a CD-ROM presenting material from the conference. Eight internationally renowned experts in disaster mental health were invited to present their thinking on psychological interventions following mass trauma. A focus on resilience rather than psychopathology was a recurring theme throughout the presentations and served as the unifying construct.

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