The Public Health Consequences of Disasters
This book summarizes the most recent and useful information about the public health impact of natural and man-made disasters. It emphasizes the uses of epidemiologic knowledge about different types of disasters. Each chapter is based on a variety of experiences and literature drawn from both developing and industrialized countries.
- Hardback | 486 pages
- 154 x 224 x 38mm | 861.84g
- 30 Jan 1997
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
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About Eric K. Noji
Eric K. Noji, M.D., M.P.H., is Chief of the International Emergency and Refugee Health Unit at the Centers for Disease Control's International Health Program Office. He also serves as Director of the Center for Disease Control's World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response.
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Illustrated with examples from recent research in the field, this book summarizes the most pertinent and useful information about the public health impact of disasters. It is divided into four sections dealing with general issues, geophysical events, weather-related problems, and human-generated disasters. Throughout the book the focus is on the level of epidemiologic knowledge about each aspect of disasters. Exposure-, disease-, and health-event surveillance are stressed because of the importance of objective data to disaster epidemiology and effective decision-making. In addition, the contributors pay particular attention to prevention and control measures, and provide practical recommendations in areas in which the public health practitioner needs more useful information. The text advocates stronger epidemiologic awareness as the basis for better understanding and control of disasters. A comprehensive theoretical and practical treatment of the subject, The Public Health Consequences of Disasters is an invaluable tool for epidemiologists, disaster relief specialists, physicians, and other public health professionals who treat disaster victims.
Table of contents
PART I: GENERAL ISSUES ; 1. The Nature of Disaster ; 2. The Use of Epidemiologic Methods in Disasters ; 3. Surveillance and Epidemiology ; 4. Managing the Environmental Health Aspects of Disasters: Water, Human Excreta, and Shelter ; 5. Communicable Diseases and Disease Control After Disasters ; 6. Mental Health Consequences of Disasters ; 7. Effective Media Relations ; PART II: GEOPHYSICAL EVENTS ; 8. Earthquakes ; 9. Volcanoes ; PART III: WEATHER-RELATED PROBLEMS ; 10. Tropical Cyclones ; 11. Tornadoes ; 12. Heat Waves and Hot Environments ; 13. Cold Environments ; 14. Floods ; PART IV: HUMAN-GENERATED PROBLEMS ; 15. Famine ; 16. Air Pollution ; 17. Industrial Diasters ; 18. Fires ; 19. Nuclear-Reactor Incidents ; 20. Complex Emergencies