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Books, Journals, New Media
December 10, 2003

Memory and Trauma

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(22):3006-3007. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.3006

There are those occasional books that restore faith in reason, whose authors have the courage to take on the professional and scientific ideologies of the age. Remembering Trauma, by Richard McNally, is such a book.

Memory is a messy business. Memory as it relates to traumatic experiences is a field of inquiry in which there is a morass of vague, overlapping, and ambiguous concepts. Much of the work in this field is plagued by poor scholarship or, more seriously, by investigators who subject empirical data to the procrustean bed of ideology, ignoring data that do not support their theories or stretching and misinterpreting findings that do.

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