As a somber nation observes the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, studies are under way to assess the health consequences to people exposed to airborne contaminants created from the destruction of the World Trade Center.
The most pervasive effect of the disaster is probably the psychological trauma that has affected people fleeing the destroyed buildings and those who participated in rescue and recovery efforts, as well as an extended network of family, friends, and coworkers (see p 1235 in the print journal and JAMA. 2001;286:1823-1825 http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v286n15/ffull/jmn1017-1.html). But there also are continuing concerns about other possible health consequences resulting from exposure to harmful contaminants generated by the collapse of the twin towers (see p 1227 in the print journal).
Stephenson J. Researchers Probe Health Consequences Following the World Trade Center Attack. JAMA. 2002;288(10):1219-1221. doi:10.1001/jama.288.10.1219