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This comprehensive reader of 70 specially commissioned essays provides an unusually wide-ranging examination of the connection between warfare and human health and society. Contributors look at the changing character of wars and their effects on civilization, the medical and health aspects of different types of weapons, the changing roles of health professionals in war. the arms trade, social tensions, the media, theories of violence, and war as a social institution.
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This book has been put together as a major international initiative by the Finnish chapter of IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War; now called Physicians for Social Responsibility). The Editor, Dr Ilkka Taipale, has had a long and distinguished career as a doctor, politician and peace activist He is the author of many books in Finnish on peace and war, social medicine and psychiatry. He is a former executive board member of the International Peace Bureau and has also served as Director General of the Peace Union of Finland. Between 1971 and 1975, he served as an MP and was re-elected to the Finnish Parliament in 2000.Review:
When people are in danger, everyone has a duty to speak out...I hope [this] book can help us change our way of thinking as well as our way of acting. —Secretary General Kofi Annan, United Nations
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Book Description Zed Books Ltd 2001, 2001. Condition: New. New hardback. Fine and unread. Seller Inventory # C28913
Book Description Zed Books, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1856499502