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New Book Explores Public Health Effects of Terrorism

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

Edited by Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH and Victor W. Sidel, MD

Washington, DC, December 2002 - The events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent anthrax attacks highlighted the devastating health effects of terrorism. A timely new book explores the public health response to the terrorist attacks, reviews potential terrorist weapons and outlines the challenges that terrorism poses to the public health system.

Terrorism and Public Health is based, in part, on scientific sessions presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. It brings together the writings of 36 experts from a variety of disciplines. Contributors examine how the public health system can best prepare for and respond to terrorist attacks without infringing upon civil liberties or diverting resources from other essential public health services.

"This book is a strong example of the type of interdisciplinary collaboration that is needed as we move forward in planning a terrorism response and prevention effort," former Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, writes in the foreword to Terrorism and Public Health. "It has brought together experts from the fields of medicine and public health, weapons systems experts, lawyers, social scientists, civil libertarians, leaders in human rights and others to provide a balanced approach to strengthening our systems and protecting people's health and safety."

Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH, is Adjunct Professor of Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine and an independent consultant in occupational environmental health. Victor W. Sidel, MD, is Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Drs. Levy and Sidel are co-editors of War and Public Health. The latest edition of this book is published by APHA.


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