Terrorism and Public Health

Terrorism and Public Health : A Balanced Approach to Strengthening Systems and Protecting People

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In a wide-ranging, timely discussion of urgent issues, this volume examines the health consequences of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States and systematically reviews information on explosives, incendiaries, and small arms, as well as biologic, chemical, nuclear, radiologic and other radioactive weapons that may be used by terrorists. In a constructive approach, the authors discuss what needs to be done to improve the public health and medical care systems in perparation for possible future terrorist attacks and threats and for addressing widespread public health problems more effectively. They also explore the origins of terrorism and discuss the civil rights and human rights issues related to government responses to terrorism. Well-written, well-organized, and up-to-date, the book should be essential reading for many health professionals, students, and others concerned with terrorism and its health consequences.show more

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  • Hardback | 377 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 30mm | 839.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous black and white photographs and figures
  • 0195158342
  • 9780195158342

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This book deals with the perils and pitfalls of rushing into antiterrorist actions, whether from the public health or "homeland security" point of view... In sum this book addresses terrorism as a many-sided phenomenon. There are no easy answers either technically or politically, although the public health community has the responsibility to address them all in preventive aspect, politically, morally and from the point of view of social justice. For combining all of these perspectives, the editors, and the American Public Health Association, the book's sponsor, should be congratulated. UK Public Health Association Newsletter ... an important and urgently essential addition to the literature on this all too topical issue ... Richly informative and practically inspiring, this book merits the widest possible readership and application. RoSPA Occupational Safety and Health Bulletinshow more

Table of contents

PART 1: THE PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE TO SEPTEMBER 11 AND ITS AFTERMATH; 1. Challenges that terrorism poses for public health; 2. The public health response to the World Trade Center disaster; 3. Addressing mental health needs; 4. Addressing environmental health issues; 5. Protecting the health and safety of rescue and recovery workers; 6. The public health response to the anthrax epidemic; 7. Educating, informing, and mobilizing the public; 8. Responding to the public health crisis in Afghanistan; PART 2: TERRORIST WEAPONS; 9. Small arms, explosives, and incendiaries; 10. Biologic weapons; 11. Chemical weapons; 12. Nuclear, radiological and related weapons; PART 3: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES; 13. Strengthening the public health system; 14. Improving epidemiology, surveillance, and laboratory capabilities; 15. Improving vaccines, antimicrobials, and antitoxins through research; 16. Protecting food, water, and ambient air; 17. Protecting civil liberties; 18. Exploring the roots of terrorism; 19. Promoting International Lawshow more

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