Opinion: In Turkey, Ukraine, and beyond, the necessity of trauma care

Watching news reports of the heroic relief efforts underway in Turkey and Syria following the devastating earthquake there, I can imagine the terrible weight of emotional trauma that so many people are experiencing right now because I’ve experienced it myself.

A dozen years ago, as a young doctor with a background in emergency medicine, I felt prepared to handle disaster response situations. But I was totally unprepared for the constant exposure to widespread suffering and death that I experienced while providing emergency medical relief after the 2010 earthquake that killed 220,000 people in Haiti.

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