A Review of the Scientific Literature As It Pertains to Gulf by Grant N. Marshall

By Grant N. Marshall

Studies that rigidity can produce myriad health and wellbeing results, and those results can show up themselves as signs and prerequisites just like those who veterans document.

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Gulf War and Somatic Health Problems Few studies were designed or reported in a manner that permit us to draw firm conclusions concerning the relationship between stress exposure and actual physical disease. We identified only four studies that directly report on the relationship between stress and bodily symptoms. These studies yielded mixed findings. In addition, they generally assessed physical symptoms using self-reports, which do not necessarily indicate an underlying organic cause and may merely reflect psychological distress.

A final source of stress reported by veterans stems from widespread and unrelenting concerns about the possible negative health effects of Gulf War service. Even before the war ended, efforts began to examine potential health problems associated with Gulf War service. Ambiguity concerning the origins of health problems reported by some Gulf War veterans continues to this day, with media accounts and conflicting reports contributing to an on-going, stress-provoking climate of distrust, recrimination, and suspicion of government cover-ups and obstruction.

RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of its research sponsors. © Copyright 1999 RAND All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from RAND. O. C. org Stress Titles in the Gulf War Illnesses series Volume 1 Infectious Diseases LEE H. HILBORNE AND BEATRICE ALEXANDRA GOLOMB Volume 2 Pyridostigmine Bromide BEATRICE ALEXANDRA GOLOMB Volume 3 Immunizations BEATRICE ALEXANDRA GOLOMB Volume 4 Stress GRANT MARSHALL, LOIS DAVIS, AND CATHY SHERBOURNE, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM DAVID FOY, LISA JAYCOX, AND LESLIE MORLAND Volume 5 Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents WILLIAM S.

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