War and Public Health

War and Public Health

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This is the first book that comprehensively describes the relationship of war and public health. It documents the impact of war on public health, and describes what health professionals can do to minimize the consequences of war and to help prevent war. The book covers the effects of war on health, human rights, and the environment. The chapters on the health effects of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons systems discuss their public health consequences and the methods by which public health professionals can work for their abolition. The book deals with both the direct consequences of the use of conventional weapons and the role of the international arms trade, including the diversion of resources that could otherwise be used for health and human welfare. Separate chapters cover especially vulnerable populations, such as women, children, and refugees. There are chapters on the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the wars in Central America. Another series of chapters explores the roles of health professionals and of health organizations during war and in preventing war and its consequences. A wide range of individuals, including physicians, nurses, and other health professionals, will find this book enlightening and useful in their work. The book will be valuable for both education and research faculty and students in schools of public health, medicine, nursing, other health professions, law, economic, international studies, peace and conflict resolution, military studies, diplomacy, journalism and other fields.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 170 x 234 x 32mm | 920.81g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black and white photographs, line figures and tables
  • 0195108140
  • 9780195108149

Table of contents

FOREWORD; SECTION I: WAR AS PART OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENDA; 1. Arms and Public Health: A Global Perspective; 2. Children, Wars and the Responsibility of the International Community; SECTION II: THE IMPACT OF WAR ON PUBLIC HEALTH; 3. The Human Consequences of War; 4. The Impact of War on Human Rights; 5. The Environmental Consequences of War; SECTION III: EFFECTS OF WEAPONS SYSTEMS OF PUBLIC HEALTH; 6. The Public Health Effects of the Use of Nuclear Weapons; 7. The Public Health Effects of the Use of Chemical Weapons; 8. The Public Health Effects of Biological Weapons; 9. Environmental and Health Effects of Weapons Production, Testing, and Maintenance; 10. The Public Health Effects of Landmines: Long Term Consequences for Civilians; SECTION IV: EFFECTS OF WAR AND MILITARISM ON POPULATIONS; 11. The Impact of Militarism on Civilian Populations; 12. The Psychological Effects of War on Children; 13. The Impact of War on Women; 14. Displaced Persons and War; SECTION V: THE IMPACT OF SPECIFIC MILITARY CONFLICTS ON PUBLIC HEALTH; 15. Public Health and the Vietanm War; 16. Public Health and the War in Central America; 17. Public Health and the Persian Gulf War; SECTION VI: THE ROLES OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONAL AND ORGANIZATION; 18. The Roles of Health Professional in War; 19. The Roles of Nongovernmental Organizations in Responding to Health Needs Created by War; 20. Effective Humanitarian Aid: Our Only Hope of Intervention in Civil War; SECTION VII: CAN WAR AND ITS PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACTS BE PREVENTED?; 21. Education for Preventing War; 22. Preventing Nuclear War; 23. Nurses and the Prevention of War: Public Health Nurses and the Peace Movement; 24. The Future of Peace Keeping; 25. Mediation: Perspectives from the Medical Peace Movement; 26. Preventing War and Its Public Health Consequences: Roles of Public Health Professionalsshow more

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"For those involved in operational medicine, War and Public Health provides some very useful insights. The featured websites provide a wealth of information on areas of operation and can supplement military sources." --Navy Medicineshow more

About Barry S. Levy

Barry S. Levy, M.D., M.P.H., is President-Elect of the American Public Health Association and Adjunct Professor Professor of Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also the president of Barry S. Levy Associates, a consulting firm in environmental and occupational health, based in Sherborn, Massachusetts. He has edited 14 books and monographs, and over 100 other publications. Victor W. Sidel, M.D., is Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. He is a former president of the American Public Health Association, and a founder and past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He is currently Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Prize for Peace.show more

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