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August 4, 1999

What Can We Do About Violence?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Cole, MD, is a contributing editor and Ms Flanagin, RN, MA, is managing senior editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 1999;282(5):481-483. doi:10.1001/jama.282.5.481

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.

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