War and Public Health

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War and Public Health

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9780195311273: War and Public Health

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 and even help prevent war altogether. 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.

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 faculty and students in schools of public health, medicine, nursing, and other health professions. In addition, it will be useful to those working in the fields of law, economics, international studies, peace and conflict resolution, military studies, diplomacy, and sociology, and in related disciplines.

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Barry Levy is an Adjunct Professor of Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine. Victor Sidel is a Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical College and Montefiore Medical Center.

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"War and Public Health offers a comprehensive and valuable review of the adverse effects of violent political conflict on health and human systems."--British Medical Journal


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"It is axiomatic that war involves killing. But war also leaves wounds, infections, and suffering lingering for years, poisoning relationships, psyches, soils, forests, and underground water systems. War and Public Health addresses all these issues in a handsomely crafted text, replete with photographs, tables, and charts, and delivers an overwhelming indictment of war and its devastating impact on populations and public health...War and Public Health is concisely organized, comprehensively referenced, and conveviently indexed. It is important for health professionals, policymakers, and those in international organizations."--Journal of the American Medical Association


"War and Public Health is a sourcebook for those who wish to study this compelling problem...The book presents plenty of information about the effects of war on public health...War and peace remain among humankind's compelling mysteries, deeply worthy of the fine study and work presented in this important book."--New England Journal of Medicine


"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


"...it serves as a practical guide for creating a world where war is an anachronism and health is a human right." --Foreign Policy In Focus


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