Yes, I've been very preoccupied with the survivor all through my work.
I learned a lot from Vietnam veterans, especially as some of them turned against their own war.
I'm a Brooklyn boy. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised there, and spent most of my childhood there.
I don't have the feeling that as a very young person I read books that absolutely made their mark on my mind.
Every adult in the world has some sense that he or she might be obliterated at any time by these weapons that we have created.
Sometimes it's said that psychiatrists are doctors who are frightened by the sight of blood. I might have fallen into that category.
I struggled with each of these studies and I was uncertain about what they meant, and often confused, and then I tried to put together what I was seeing.
I did the first study because I had been exposed to something that I took to be important and interesting - this thought reform process - in the military.
It was because of my deep concerns about nuclear weapons that I went to Hiroshima. And then I was astounded in Hiroshima to find that nobody had really studied it.
I never quite envisioned myself a proper doctor under that white coat, but I was interested in the idea of healing and in the psychological dimension rather early on.