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.
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.
Davis GC. Memory and Trauma. JAMA. 2003;290(22):3006-3007. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.3006