Library Journal Salutes Battered Bodies/Shattered Minds New Book on Brain Damaged Troops; NE Journal of Medicine Validates

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Library Journal and New England Journal of Medicine on brain damaged soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In a remarkable demonstration of synchronicity on June 1st, two centers of influence made known their findings on a related subject. Their individual attention was given to the wounded soldiers and marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Library Journal in its review of Dr. Ronald Glasser’s new book "Battered Bodies/Shattered Minds," dealing with the injuries to the brain by explosives in the Iraq and Afghan wars and the need for ongoing and medical attention of the injured soldiers and marines said “Glasser argues convincingly that the effects of surviving repeated shock waves contribute to soldiers' and veterans' high rates of prescription drug addiction, suicide, and debilitating post-traumatic stress syndrome.”

The New England Journal of Medicine, the nation’s most prestigious medical journal in a lead article and a lengthy editorial took a position on the results of concussions to the brain by IED explosives identical to Dr. Glasser. Dr. Allan Roper wrote in the editorial, “We now have tentative validation in mild traumatic brain injury of the disruption of cerebral axons (nerve fibers) by blasts from improvised explosive devices. Even if this information is exploratory,” Dr. Roper concluded,” with further information on the relationship among blasts, axonal damage, and PTSD anticipated in the future, soldiers injured in this way and their resultant disability deserve the utmost attention.”

A few weeks earlier, "Broken Bodies/Shattered Minds" was also hailed by Publishers Weekly. “The weight of Glasser’s research is compelling,” the reviewer wrote,” But his powerful telling of these wounded warriors’ stories is more than enough reason for a nation to read and react.”

Dr. Ronald Glasser is the author of several books including the bestselling "365 Days" hailed by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet as the best book about the Vietnam War.” He attended Johns Hopkins University and Medical School and served as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War.

Broken Bodies/Shattered Minds 9781933909479, History Publishing Company, pub date June 15, 2011, will be in bookstore nationally.

Contact: Don Bracken, djb(at)historypublishingco(dot)com, 845-398-8161.


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