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Hurricane Katrina: A Physician’s Whirlwind Course in Disaster Psychiatry

Shane Stephen Spicer, MD

Published: November 15, 2005

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It was my first visit to the Big Easy. Since childhood,I’ d been eager to explore New Orleans—such a richmélange of culture and history. The mingling of Frenchsophistication, great food, jazz, mysterious voodoo roots,and a southern American laissez-faire attitude has heldsuch an allure. Little did I know that this dream weekendgetaway would develop into such a tragic, life-alteringexperience.’ ‹

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