Reflections of a ”traitor”
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Manor Ridge Lane, San Diego, California 92 130
Stanley W. Raczek
Submission date: 2021-02-17
Publication date: 2021-03-30
LW 2021;99(2):93–102
Stanley W. Raczek, CDR (ret.), MC, USN, one of the initiators of Polish‑American military psychiatric cooperation describes in his article, titled somewhat perversely “Reflections of a ‘traitor’”, the circumstances of his emigration to the United States and his service as a military psychiatrist in the US Navy. He explains his motives to renew contacts with his native country in the early nineties and his various activities in this area particularly his involvement in the development of the collaboration between Polish and American military psychiatrists. He describes introduction of new approaches to diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders related to combat stress, particularly with the use of virtual reality (VR) in treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The author chronologically describes themes and participants of three Polish‑American scientific symposia that took place from 1998 to 2001 in Warsaw, Krakow and San Diego. Raczek describes his role in organizing of 2007 workshops about VR‑supported PTSD therapy in Warsaw under the direction of Prof. Brenda K. Wiederhold and Dr. James Spira; both world‑renowned experts in this field. Multiple recognitions of these activities, among them the highest medal of the Polish Medical Association, “Gloria Medicinae” and the “Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland” proved to the author that he was not a “traitor” and in fact served Poland well, even when living outside of his homeland.