Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
Interest in developing and maintaining chemical and biological weapons
has been documented for years. The September 11, 2001, attack on the World
Trade Center and Pentagon radically focused attention on terrorism in general
and bioterrorism in particular.
Since acts of bioterrorism could become reality, the medical profession
finds that it must understand bioterrorism and its manifestations and how
to deal with them. Physicians in all specialties must become knowledgeable
about presenting symptoms and other health ramifications. Primary care physicians,
especially those on the front lines in the emergency department, must be aware
that patients presenting with ordinary complaints might be afflicted by one
or more effects of a bioterrorist act. Knowledge about community impact and
effects on medical personnel has become a primary concern.
van de Leuv JH. BioterrorismBioterrorism. JAMA. 2003;289(12):1574. doi:10.1001/jama.289.12.1574-a