War and Public Health

War and Public Health

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The first comprehensive examination of the relationship between war and public health, this book documents the public health consequences of war and describes what health professionals can do to minimize these consequences. It explores the effects of war on health, human rights, and the environment. The health and environmental impact of both conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons) is described in chapters that cover the consequences of their production, testing, maintenance, use, and disposal. Separate chapters cover especially vulnerable populations, such as women, children, and refugees. In-depth descriptions of specific military conflicts, including the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and wars in Central America provide striking illustrations of the issues covered in other chapters. A series of chapters explores the roles of health professionals and of organizations during war, and in preventing war and its consequences. This revised second edition includes seven new chapters, including one on landmines by the Nobel Prize-winning founding director of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 510 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 662.24g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 45 black and white photographs, 25 line illustrations
  • 0195311272
  • 9780195311273
  • 2,041,636

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The book is one of a kind and fills an important gap in the education of public health students and practitioners...This book serves a critically important role by raising our awareness of war as a public health problem that is amenable to public health solutions. There are no comparable books on the market. The scope is vast, with each chapter presenting an in-depth analysis of one aspect of war. Doody's Notes A successful combat against the brutal consequences of war requires time, commitment, strategic planning, and profound knowledge. To start off, an excellent first strategic step is to read this book. European Journal of Public Healthshow more

Table of contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION; 1. War and Public Health: An Overview; PART II: CONSEQUENCES OF WAR; 2. The Epidemiology of War and Other Collective Forms of Violence; 3. War and Human Rights; 4. The Impact of War on Mental Health; 5. The Impact of War on the Environment; PART III: TYPES OF WEAPONS; 6. Conventional Weapons; 7. Landmines; 8. Chemical Weapons; 9. Biological Weapons; 10. Nuclear Weapons; PART IV VULNERABLE POPULATIONS; 11. The Impact of War on Children; 12. The Impact of War on Women; 13. Displaced Persons and War; 14. Detainees and the New Face of Torture; PART V SPECIFIC WARS; 15. The Iraq War; 16. The War in Chechnya; 17. War in the Democratic Republic of Congo; 18. Wars in Latin America; 19. The Vietnam War; PART VI PREVENTION OF WAR AND ITS HEALTH CONSEQUENCES; 20. A Public Health Approach to Preventing the Health Consequences of Armed Conflict; 21. International Law; 22. The Roles of Humanitarian Assistance Organizations; 23. The ROles of Nongovernmental Organizations; 24. The Roles and Ethical Dilemmas for Military Medical Care Workers; 25. The Roles of Health Professionals in Postconflict Situations; 26. Peacemaking in the Aftermath of Disasters; 27. Educating Health Professionals on Peace and Human Rights; 28. Toward a Culture of Peaceshow more

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