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Military - P.O.W. Survival Guide


Dennis Gersten, M.D.

During Operation Desert Storm I was deeply troubled by seeing the faces of our P.O.W.'s on television. They looked so tormented. In response to that feeling in me, I put together a P.O.W. Survival Guide for our troops. The idea was that if our troops had just a few mind/body techniques to practice, they would be immensely aided in the dreadful event that they were captured. I am excerpting parts of the Survival Guide for this article.

Mental Home Base

Focus Word

Cope with Pain

Overcome Boredom

Master Stress

Beyond Desert Storm

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