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 United States has the highest rate of firearm injuries and fatalities
in the developed world. The United States also has the largest private firearms
arsenal and the weakest firearm regulations. Each of these conditions is closely
associated with the others, David Hemenway argues in Private
Guns, Public Health. The prevalence of guns in homes and on the streets
and the absence of adequate gun control increase injury and fatality rates.
Hemenway, director of Harvard's Injury Control Research Center and a leading
public health researcher on firearm violence, advocates a "public health approach"
to reduce gun-related injury and death.
Rosenfeld R. Guns, Public Health. JAMA. 2004;292(5):632-633. doi:10.1001/jama.292.5.632