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.
The field of humanitarian assistance has developed rapidly over the
past decade.1 It has been professionalized
and has become a recognized health discipline, with its own standards, literature,
and research base. Consequently, new and updated books and resource materials
for humanitarian practitioners, as well as policymakers and students, are
Basics of International Humanitarian Missions is
the first book in a series on international humanitarian assistance by Fordham
University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. Its primary
objective is to "introduce the essential issues facing humanitarian workers."
Although not specifically stated, it is assumed that these refer to the key
principles, concepts, players, and policies of humanitarian assistance. It
contains 350 pages consisting of four parts and 10 chapters with appendixes
and index. Emergency Relief Operations, the second
book in the series, has 386 pages, four parts, and 11 chapters with appendixes
and index. Its main objective is to be a "practical guide to planning and
managing relief operations." The targeted audience for these texts includes
students, teachers, practitioners, policymakers, journalists, and other professionals.
Spiegel PB. Humanitarian Aid. JAMA. 2004;291(2):249-250. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.249