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Books, Journals, New Media
August 4, 2004

Guns, Public Health

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.

JAMA. 2004;292(5):632-633. doi:10.1001/jama.292.5.632

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.