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Book and Media Reviews
May 13, 2009

Biosecurity in the Global Age: Biological Weapons, Public Health, and the Rule of Law

JAMA. 2009;301(18):1932-1933. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.614

When most physicians are asked about the realm of biosecurity, they often are able to discuss the subject in broad strokes that include concepts such as bioterrorism, pandemic preparedness, and biological weapons. However, the restriction of knowledge of biosecurity solely to these components does not make the concept adequately concrete; consequently, biosecurity remains a floating abstraction with no firm tie to reality, constraining the ability of physicians to fully converse with government policy makers and the public on this vital national security matter. Biosecurity in the Global Age: Biological Weapons, Public Health, and the Rule of Law, by internationally renowned law professors Lawrence Gostin and David Fidler, provides an opportunity to develop a robust understanding of biosecurity and its role in national and international policy.

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