Author Affiliations: Dr Cole, MD, is a contributing editor and Ms Flanagin, RN, MA, is managing senior editor, JAMA.
This issue of THE JOURNAL, in commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima,
is intended to direct attention to the public health consequence and clinical
significance of violence and other violations of human rights. Articles in
this issue address important and as yet unresolved problems in the United
States, including adolescent violent behavior,1
the costs of firearm violence,2 firearm violence
prevention,3 intimate partner abuse,4 and child abuse mortality.5
Articles also address international issues, such as the health status of refugees
from Bosnia6 and Kosovo,7
prenatal exposure to wartime famine,8 and human
rights violations of girls and women in Turkey.9
These articles are unsettling, not only because of the violent context of
the research findings but also because so much remains to be learned about
effective violence prevention and control.
Cole TB, Flanagin A. What Can We Do About Violence?. JAMA. 1999;282(5):481-483. doi:10.1001/jama.282.5.481