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Medical News & Perspectives
March 8, 2000

Psychiatrists Help Survivors in the Balkans

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JAMA. 2000;283(10):1277-1278. doi:10.1001/jama.283.10.1277

Chicago—After witnessing more than a decade of genocide, murder, and the horrors of war, the people of the Balkans are trying to put their countries and themselves back together to resume their prewar lives.

The bombed buildings are being rebuilt, and people are returning to their old jobs. But because the people cannot simply forget what they have been through and function as if nothing unusual has happened, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo face the problem, say local experts, of treating as much as one fourth of their populations for mild to severe psychiatric disorders.

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