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The editors of past Trauma: Cultural and Societal Dynamics have created a quantity that is going past the individual's mental dynamics of trauma, exploring its social, cultural, politica!, and moral dimensions from a world in addition to a world point of view. within the commencing tackle as foreign Chair of the 1st global convention of the overseas Society for demanding rigidity reviews on Trauma and Tragedy: The Origins, administration, and Prevention of aggravating tension in latest international, June 22-26, 1992, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the convention that shaped the basis for the col­ lected chapters during this quantity, 1 commented: This assembly is a landmark in attaining the Society's common venture. Our distinctive overseas clinical Advisory Committee and Honor­ ary Committee, whose club was once drawn from over 60 international locations, the cooperation of six United international locations our bodies, and the participation anei recommend­ ment of diverse nongovernmental businesses and associations attest to the Society's rising presence as a big foreign discussion board for profes­ sionals of ali disciplines operating with sufferers and trauma survivors.

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These decisions need to be highlighted and resisted. Justice, even if long delayed, is reparative. We should also note that some participants in torture have been doctors and other health professionals. This facet of medical ethics has been most publicized and condemned in relation to the former Soviet Union, Latin American countries, and South Africa. Most recently, publicity about the role of Israeli army doctors in routinely colluding with what Amnesty International has called the institutionalized torture of Palestinian detainees during interrogation has finally forced the Israeli Medical Association to take a stand on this issue (Fine, 1993).

Much of the distress experienced and communicated by victims of extreme trauma is normal, even adaptive, and is colored by their own active interpretations and choices. The features of PTSD are reportedly prevalent worldwide, but it is a mistake to assume that, because signs and symptoms may HUMAN RESPONSE TO ATROCITY 19 be regularly identified in different social settings, they mean the same thing in those settings. This is what Kleinman ( 1987) calls a category fallacy. For one person, recurrent violent nightmares may be an irrelevance, revealed only under direct questioning; to a second person, they may indicate a need to visit a mental health professional for treatment; to a third, they may represent a helpful message from his or her ancestors.

Medicine and War, 7, 84-99. , & Levett, A. (1989). Politica! repression and children in South Africa. Social Science and Medicine, 28, 741-750. UNICEF. (1986). Children in situations ofarmed conflict. 2. , & Marseiia, A. (1982). Introduction. In A. Marsella & G. ), Cultural conceptions of mental health and therapy (p. 9). Dordrecht: Reidel. 3 The Severity of the Trauma Issues abou t Its Ro le in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder ALEXANDER C. McFARLANE INTRODUCTION History is always an ambiguous affair.

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