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traumatic events do not develop symptoms of PTSD. We do not know why some people are at greater risk for developing PTSD. First described in about 1980, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” has obviously been around as long as people have witnessed or suffered traumatic events. What is so distressing for care providers is that we see patients who are victims twice: once from the traumatic event itself and later from its collateral damage. There is much work still to be done.

by Meir H. Kryger, M.D.


Veterans Administration

National Institutes of Health


Meir H. Kryger, M.D., is a professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and editor of Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, 5th Edition, and Kryger’s Sleep Medicine Review.

Image, The Veteran, by Thomas Eakins. Yale University Art Gallery

George Reynolds, the subject of this painting, was a student of Eakins’. Twenty years before Reynolds was a private in the 9 th Regiment Cavalry, the first Union troops at Gettysburg. In 1865 Reynolds was awarded the Medal of Honor, barely visible in this painting. It is a somber image showing a man with scars on his forehead and scars in his soul. Eakins’ wife died shortly before this image was painted. Both artist and subject had suffered trauma.

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