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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book provides an excellent comprehensive reference source for clinicians treating victims of torture and provides the information needed to accurately document torture.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide clinicians and lawyers with the tools they need to document torture in order to bring about both criminal and/or civil charges against individuals, groups, or organizations. Additionally, it will help these groups to provide verfication of allegations of torture and to appropriately document toruture to support individual claims. This is a worthy objective because of the considerable number of atrocities which occur and the number of claims for asylum. All of the contributing authors unquestionably meet their objectives.
Audience: This book is written for clinicians of psychology and medicine and those in the legal profession who work with victims of torture. However, I can see this book used in specialized training programs. The authors have considerable credibilty and are authorities in the field.
Features: This book is expertly written with specific explanations of the various forms of torture, the documentation needed by clinicians, the information on how to take a history and perform an examination, as well as the psychological consequences of torture. The level of detail in the writing and the appropriately selected pictures truly illustrate the trauma experienced by torture victims and the importance of trained individuals to handle such cases.
Assessment: This book is vivid, direct, and an eye-opener to many who may be unaware of the extent and aftermath of such acts. Having worked with a number of traumatized individuals over the years and as a member of the research community, I value such a reference. This book is a valuable resource to the field and I recommend it without reservation.