Sep 22, 2006

Anorexic Gays with PTSD [LINK]

From a Village Voice review by Alexis Soloski of The Treatment, a play by Eve Ensler, she of Vagina Monologues fame. The play concerns an Army sergeant who develops a case of post-traumatic stress disorder after repeatedly interrogating suspected terrorists:

Few would argue that the "war on terror" has not had a deleterious effect on many soldiers or that PTSD should be ignored. Some studies indicate that as many as 10 percent of American men may suffer from PTSD, and in sites of recent conflict such as Cambodia or Gaza, those percentages may double and triple....
My golden rule is this: be highly skeptical any time "10 percent" is offered as a statistic for general consumption. Single-digit percentages are unworthy of notice, but start getting into the 15-to-20 range and whatever marginal phenomenon you're quantifying starts to attract more critical scrutiny. Ten percent is safer.

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