The brain trauma vets

CounterPunch
by Conn Hallinan

06/17/08

A recent study by the General Accounting Office found that, ‘Traumatic brain injury has emerged as the leading injury among U.S. forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.’ According to a Walter Reed Hospital study, ‘closed brain” injuries — injuries with no visible marks — outnumber ‘penetrating brain injuries’ seven to one. Other researchers put the ratio much higher. … TBI is a slippery beast, or ‘murky’ as Weiner puts it. It can cause symptoms ranging from depression and uncontrollable rages, to irritable bowels and emotional disengagement. It can suddenly appear long after the incident that caused it, and it is difficult and complex to treat. While medicine is beginning to understand more about the kind of TBI generated by car accidents, falls, or sports injuries, no one is quite sure exactly what causes the TBI generated by roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan...

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