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Trauma and Recovery

When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a ground-breaking work. In the intervening years, Herman's volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new afterword, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large. Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context. Meticulously documented and frequently using the victims' own words as well as those from classic literary works and prison diaries, Trauma and Recovery is a powerful work that will continue to profoundly impact our thinking.
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Table of Contents

Introduction PART I Traumatic Disorders 1. A Forgotten History 2. Terror 3. Disconnection 4. Captivity 5. Child Abuse 6. A New Diagnosis PART II Stages of Recovery 7. A Healing Relationship 8. Safety 9. Remembrance and Mourning 10. Reconnection 11. Commonality Afterword: The Dialectic of Trauma Continues Epilogue to the 2015 Edition


About the Author

Judith Herman, M.D., one of this country's leading experts on trauma and abuse, is professor of clinical psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and director of training at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital. She is also a founding member of the Women's Mental Health Collective in Massachusetts. Herman was the recipient of the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.


Advance Praise for Adventures in Human Being "From shell shock in World War I to childhood sexual abuse today, the reality of trauma has been denied. But as this indispensable book makes clear, 'Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims.'" --Gloria Steinem, New York Times' T Magazine

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