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Wed May 15, 2019, 05:07 PM

For some trauma doctors, clash with NRA proves therapeutic

Source: Reuters

HEALTH NEWS MAY 15, 2019 / 6:09 AM / UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO

For some trauma doctors, clash with NRA proves therapeutic

Daniel Trotta
6 MIN READ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A recent clash with the National Rifle Association (NRA) has shown some doctors who treat gunshot victims a way to heal their own trauma: through activism against gun violence.

With rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on par with that of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, trauma surgeons have found that speaking out helps them cope with the hopelessness and anger that come from seeing gunshot victims repeatedly wheeled into the trauma bay.

“Working in advocacy is a way to deal with burnout,” said Dr. Jessica Beard, a trauma surgeon at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

The doctors’ clash with the NRA began in November after the American College of Physicians published a paper about reducing firearm injuries and deaths in the United States. The NRA answered with a tweet admonishing “self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.”

That set off a viral response. Trauma surgeons around the country posted pictures of their blood-soaked scrubs and operating rooms after treating gunshot victims, punctuated with a defiant #ThisIsOurLane hashtag.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-healthcare/for-some-trauma-doctors-clash-with-nra-proves-therapeutic-idUSKCN1SL12L

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