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Introduction Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 4, Winter 2005 ( 2005) DOI: 10.1007/s11126-005-4967-9 Special Section Combat Psychiatry: From the Battle Front to the Home Front COL Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, M.D., M.P.H. Guest Editor Tonight I worked out in the gym at Walter Reed. I have been doing that intermittently for nineteen years, so that is not unusual. What was different was the number of other Soldiers working out without arms or legs. Earlier, I had lunch in the cafeteria. Again familiar ground, since I did my psychiatry residency there. Now there are numerous very young Soldiers in wheelchairs. Much attention is being paid to those who have lost limbs. We are taking care of them, both physical and psychologically. Less well-known is the care we are giving to our other soldiers who are suffering the other psychological reactions of war. This section hopes to outline the broad range of psychiatry practiced in the military today. This is an enormous and complex subject, and so areas most pertinent for civilian and VA psychiatrists will be high- lighted. The specific focus will be on Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), soldiers returning from that conflict, and their families. In the Combat Zone, “Treatment of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2005 by Springer Science + Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
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1573-6709
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10.1007/s11126-005-4967-9
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Abstract

Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 4, Winter 2005 ( 2005) DOI: 10.1007/s11126-005-4967-9 Special Section Combat Psychiatry: From the Battle Front to the Home Front COL Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, M.D., M.P.H. Guest Editor Tonight I worked out in the gym at Walter Reed. I have been doing that intermittently for nineteen years, so that is not unusual. What was different was the number of other Soldiers working out without arms or legs. Earlier, I had lunch in the cafeteria. Again familiar ground, since I did my psychiatry residency there. Now there are numerous very young Soldiers in wheelchairs. Much attention is being paid to those who have lost limbs. We are taking care of them, both physical and psychologically. Less well-known is the care we are giving to our other soldiers who are suffering the other psychological reactions of war. This section hopes to outline the broad range of psychiatry practiced in the military today. This is an enormous and complex subject, and so areas most pertinent for civilian and VA psychiatrists will be high- lighted. The specific focus will be on Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), soldiers returning from that conflict, and their families. In the Combat Zone, “Treatment of

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