By Robin Karr-Morse with Meredith S. Wiley
Basic Books, $26.99, 300 pages

We have always known on an intuitive level that stress and trauma impact our health. Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease expounds on the numerous ways childhood trauma factors into our health later in life. While in the face of a diagnosis, the common focus is our genes, there is overwhelming evidence that chronic stress early on can disrupt and alter what would have been the natural expression of our genes. Authors Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith S. Wiley offer up a vast amount of research to substantiate their position that we need to make a closer examination of how trauma affects us physically and how even one primary attachment figure can make all the difference in curbing the consequences. The science presented in this book is fascinating. Parents, social workers, — anyone who interacts regularly with children will find it an invaluable resource.

Reviewed by Alicea Swett