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Book and Media Reviews
September 14, 2011

Beyond Suppression: Global Perspectives on Youth Violence

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Author Affiliations: College of Medicine and School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago (carlcbell@pol.net).

JAMA. 2011;306(10):1147. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1304

In 1985, US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop suggested that the United States take a public health approach to prevention of violence. Beyond Suppression could not have been written then, because the epidemiology of homicide in other countries and continents was unknown because of poor surveillance. Accordingly, after 35 years of violence prevention in the United States, it is interesting to read a book that provides a global perspective on youth violence prevention.

It is now known that 200 000 young persons aged 10 to 29 years die each year as a result of interpersonal violence. Public health experts in the United States constantly point out the country's high homicide rates (12.9 per 100 000), but this book's international perspectives appropriately enlighten readers that homicide rates in Latin America are 36.6 per 100 000, followed by the Caribbean, with rates of 31.6 per 100 000. In contrast, homicide rates in Africa are 16.1 per 100 000; in Europe, the rates are 1.2 per 100 000.

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