Jonathan Shay's Copy of liad/Odyssey


Jonathan Shay


Copy of Homer's Iliad and Homer


Transfers PTSD from one person to another holder.


Increases receiver's moral injury.


Holding my two people.

Collected by

Arthur Nielson







Date of Collection

October 5, 2002



Jonathan Shay (born 1941) is a doctor and clinical psychiatrist. He is best known for his publications comparing the experiences of Vietnam veterans with the descriptions of war and homecoming in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey  with his books Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming. Shay is a passionate advocate of improved mental health treatment for soldiers and of more vigorous efforts to prevent PTSD, in addition to structural reform of the ways the U.S. armed forces are organized, trained, and counseled. He has promoted the concept of preventative psychiatry in support of military cohesion, leadership and training: "Prevention of psychological and moral injury in military service has three axes: cohesion, leadership, and training. First is keep people together. Train them together, send them into danger together, bring them home together, and give them time together to digest what they’ve just been through...The second axis is expert, ethical, and properly supported leadership...The third axis of prevention is prolonged, progressive, realistic training for what the troops have to do and face. Shay introduced the concept of "Moral injury" and recommended treatment strategies for it in his two books. Moral injury is a distinct syndrome from (but often co-morbid with) PTSD and is one of the primary themes for the veterans described in his books, often leading to personality changes and obstructing successful treatment. Moral injury refers to an injury to an individual's moral conscience resulting from an act of perceived moral transgression which produces profound emotional shame.


This book allows for the transference of one person's PTSD (including symptoms, specific triggers and trigger susceptibility, etc.) to another when held by another person. The one who receives the transferred PTSD will also have their feelings of moral injury greatly heightened to the point of developing self-deprecating tendencies.

Trivia Edit

  • This artifact was attempted to be used on Agent Draco by Agent Scott in order to transfer the former's PTSD caused by "PhOto" Barry to the latter. Agent Draco immediately and firmly shut down the attempt.
    • Additionally, Agent Draco recently added a second warning label to the artifact in storage, saying that the use of this artifact or others like it (such as Scott Joplin's Cigarette Case) by agents to help themselves or even others is strictly prohibited: "People's pain is their own, they should work it out naturally. It is their cross to bear."
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