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Books, Journals, New Media
March 26, 2003

BioterrorismBioterrorism

Author Affiliations
 

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(12):1574. doi:10.1001/jama.289.12.1574-a

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.

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