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How conducting trauma therapy changes the therapist

Several years ago I was doing some research on the differential effects on psychotherapists of working with patients who were dealing with the aftereffects of  traumatic histories.  It is well known that some therapists who work over long periods of time with trauma victims, particularly survivors of sexual abuse/violence, are afflicted with what is variously called "compassion fatigue," "vicarious traumatization (VT), or secondary trauma"...

February 26, 2011 — May Benatar

The impossibility of responsible nuance in the vaccine discussion

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 6–2 in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth , a case involving parents' rights to sue vaccine manufacturers. Before getting into the particulars, here's some important background: In the early 1980s, literally hundreds of lawsuits were filed in civil courts claiming children had been harmed by the whole-cell pertussis component of the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) vaccine...

February 24, 2011 — Seth Mnookin

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