Margaret Altemus, M.D.
Margaret Altemus, M.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry at Weill Medical College, Cornell University, and a board-certiﬁed psychiatrist. Her research focuses on the role of the endocrine system in affective disorders and the physiology of the stress response in humans. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toward a New Treatment for Traumatic Memories
Whether the result of violence, war, or disaster, the intrusive memories that haunt people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cannot always be healed through psychotherapy or current medications. Now research on the biological basis of memory offers the hope of new drug treatments that may be able to lessen the disabling fear associated with traumatic memories and perhaps even fundamentally alter them. Neuroscientists Jacek Debiec, M.D., Ph.D., and Margaret Altemus, M.D., argue that this possibility raises profound ethical and philosophical questions that must be examined even as researchers work to relieve the suffering of PTSD.