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Books, Journals, New Media
August 3, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(5):629. doi:10.1001/jama.294.5.629

The word terror comes from the Latin word terrere, which means “to frighten” or “to scare.” As the editors of The Trauma of Terrorism note:

Terrorism has mushroomed in scope and intensity over the past few years. Targets, traditionally military and political, have shifted and now include civilian, public, and communal settings. . . . Modern terrorists have also become aware of new opportunities for exerting a mass psychological impact as a result of technological advances in communications.

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