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August 6, 2003

Public Health, Terrorism

JAMA. 2003;290(5):673. doi:10.1001/jama.290.5.673

Disasters define public health, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses. Terrorism has redefined public health for us all. The insidiousness, sophistication, and virulent capacity of myriad forms of man-made violence, including suicidohomicidal vectors, has made terrorism a sometimes overwhelming challenge to health security.1 In Terrorism and Public Health, editors Barry Levy and Victor Sidel and more than 30 distinguished contributors address these complex issues effectively, examining policy, programs, and professional competencies in containing the effects of large-scale terrorism.

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