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dobbspic I write on science, medicine, nature, culture and other matters for the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, National Geographic, Scientific American Mind, and other publications. (Find clips here.) I've also written three books, including Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral, which traces the strangest but most forgotten controversy in Darwin's career — an elemental dispute running some 75 years. Oliver Sacks found Reef Madness "brilliantly written, almost unbearably poignant." Check it out.

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The PTSD Wars

I wanted to provide a directory to the various links and posts related to my story "The Post-Traumatic Stress Trap," published in the April 2009 Scientific American. You can read the story here at the Scientific American website. It has a comments section with some interesting traffic on it. For an annotated list of extras -- mainly a list of sources tied to material used in the story -- go here.

I've also put up several posts about the story and the topic here in Neuron Culture. In the order they appeared:

The PTSD Trap - War, culture, and the overdiagnosis of PTSD

How questioning PTSD makes me an apologist for imperialist violence

The combat veteran as sheepdog turned wolf: PTSD and medicalization

Doug Bremner's 'strike' at me and the PTSD establishment (not), March 24, 2009


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