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May 28, 1997

The Public Health Consequences of Disasters

Author Affiliations

Pennsylvania Department of Health Harrisburg

JAMA. 1997;277(20):1649. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540440083039

To increase our awareness of the significant human losses associated with disasters throughout the world, the United Nations declared the 1990s the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR). As part of the response to the United Nations initiative, editor Dr Eric Noji, with 15 other contributors, has developed a major reference text on public health and disasters.

The Public Health Consequences of Disasters is a significant update to the 1989 monograph by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the same subject. As with the earlier monograph, many of the contributors have had extensive medical and public health experience related to recent disasters in both national and international settings while serving as physician-scientists or public health professionals within the CDC.

Following the approach used by Dr Michael Gregg, who served as editor and contributing author of the 1989 CDC monograph and who provides the foreword to this

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