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Medical News and Perspectives
August 6, 2003

In the Wake of Tragedy

JAMA. 2003;290(5):587-589. doi:10.1001/jama.290.5.587

San Francisco—Epidemiological assessment of the mental health consequences of terrorist attacks, wars, and torture holds practical implications for treatment of those exposed to such events. Findings also may spur development of better ways to minimize adverse effects of future episodes of violence on both individuals and society at large.

Researchers from several countries reviewed studies and provided perspectives derived from experience working with adults and children exposed to mass violence in a symposium held at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association here in May, and in subsequent interviews.

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