Friday, October 24, 2008

The Literature on Brain Injury

In my previous post, I reprinted a comment by a woman who brought up the likelihood of McCain's volatility as a result of his combat and POW torture. Long term symptoms include: PTSD, intrusive memories, nightmares, increased vigilance, problems with memory and concentration and panic attacks.

Now you decide: Is John McCain fit for the Presidency? Could it be that the very thing McCain supporters tout about the man - his extended POW experience - may be the very thing that makes him unfit for the office of the president?

Here are a few links to literature on the subject.

The Lasting Effecs of Psychological Trauma on Memory and the Hippocampus by J. Douglas Bremner, MD, Yale University School of Medicine:

War Veterans and Traumatic Brain Injury:

Severe Brain Trauma: Lessons from Army Medicine:(podcast)

Severe Head Injury:

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