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Achilles in Vietnam
Achilles in Vietnam
by Jonathan M.D. Shay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.88

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Ready for the Afghanistan Vets?, 9 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Achilles in Vietnam (Paperback)
Achilles in Vietnam is a fascinating study of the similarities and contrasts between the impact of the Trojan War and the American war in Vietnam upon the combatants. The psychiatrist Jonathan Shea tracks and seeks to explain and analyse the progessive and catastrophic degradation of American conscript troops and the extreme post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)that afflicted very many who then experienced lifelong difficulty in re-integrating into American society. We in Britain are now confronted by the return from Afghanistan of many service men and women many of whom will be traumatised by a brutal war that shares a number of features with the Vietnam War. One of the major causes of persistent trauma that Shea investigates is the impact of the managerialisation of warfare upon soldiers who are treated as isolated atoms switched in and out of units and treated as skill bundles rather than living human beings. We need to be in a position to understand and help them, but this is very difficult because their experience lies beyond the boundaries of the realities most ordinary citizens encounter. Strangely enough, however, this book also illuminates the societal degradation now afflicting the United Kingdom is which human resources management (HRM) is stripping out agency and producing the fully surrendered employee, the 'oblate' who has to sacrifice all integrity and identity in order to be what their line manager requires them to be - and teachers (including those in universities) have to prepare students for their lives of informed 'isothymic' (Francis Fukuyama) docility, or risk them being burdened with crtical agency and thus rendered unemployable.
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Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, Fourth Edition
Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, Fourth Edition
by J. William Worden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.18

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to grips with grief, 8 Mar 2011
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Having recently been through the experience of caring for and nursing a dying beloved one to the point of death, I looked for material that could help me cope with and better understand the grief I now experience after the passing of my life partner. J. William Worden's Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy is a comprehensive and scientifically well-grounded handbook that is also humane and free from dogmatism. Worden helps both students of (e.g.) medicine, psychiatry and social work - and the grieving reader - to begin to understand the sheer complexity and unpredictability of the greving process within a broad interpretative framework. Above all, Professor Worden helps the reader distinguish between 'normal' and 'abnormal' grieving.


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