The Toll of War Captivity: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Premature Aging

  • Zahava Solomon
  • Avi Ohry


It is apparent from clinical experience and the literature that persons, who experience severe physical or mental trauma, are susceptible to premature aging (or psychological symptomatology). Long-term follow-up of repatriated prisoners of war also confirm this observation. Coping with physical and mental sequelae of captivity means a constant struggle to maintain some kind of “homeostasis.” Often, this delicate equilibrium fails. Claude Bernard stated that “To have a free life, independent of the external environment, requires a constant internal environment” (Bernard, 1957, P. 8). This is the underlying principle of homeostasis. When it collapses due to “wear and tear” processes, premature aging/morbidity process takes place.


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  1. 1.Tel-Aviv UniversityRamat-AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Tel-Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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