The Independent explores recent developments in drugs that may be used to soften painful memories of those suffering from post-traumatic stress. While some ethicists suggest that altering memories may alter a person's personality and sense of self, Professor Adam Kolber argues that fears about pharmaceutical memory manipulation are exaggerated. He explains, "Some memories, such as those of rescue workers who clean up scenes of mass destruction, may have no redeeming value. Drugs may speed up the healing process more effectively than counselling, arguably making patients more true to themselves than they would be if a traumatic experience were to dominate their lives."
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