War and Public Health
The first comprehensive examination of the relationship between war and public health, this book documents the public health consequences of war and describes what health professionals can do to minimize these consequences and even help prevent war altogether. It explores the effects of war on health, human rights, and the environment. The health and environmental impact of both conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction--nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons--is described in chapters that cover the consequences of their production, testing, maintenance, use, and disposal. The negative impact of the proliferation of weapons and of the international arms trade, including the diversion of resources that could otherwise be allocated for health and human welfare, is also discussed. Separate chapters cover especially vulnerable populations, such as women, children, and refugees. In-depth descriptions of specific military conflicts, including the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and wars in Central America provide striking illustrations of the issues covered in other chapters. A series of chapters explores the roles of health professionals and of organizations during war, and in preventing war and its consequences.
A wide range of individuals, including physicians, nurses, and other health professionals, will find this book enlightening and useful in their work. The book will be valuable for faculty and students in schools of public health, medicine, nursing, and other health professions. In addition, it will be useful to those working in the fields of law, economics, international studies, peace and conflict resolution, military studies, diplomacy, and sociology, and in related disciplines.
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A Global Perspective
Children Wars and the Responsibility of the International Community
The Human Consequences of War
The Impact of War on Human Rights
The Environmental Consequences of War
Effects of Weapons Systems on Public Health
The Public Health Effects of the Use of Chemical Weapons
The Public Health Effects of Biological Weapons
Public Health and War in Central America
Public Health and the Persian Gulf War
The Roles of Public Health Professionals
The Roles of Nongovernmental Organizations in Responding to Health Needs
Our Only Hope of Intervention in Civil War
Can War and Its Public Health Consequences Be Prevented?
Preventing Nuclear War
Public Health Nurses and the Peace
Effects of War and Other Military Activities on Populations
The Psychological Effects of War on Children
The Impact of War on Women
Displaced Persons and War
The Impacts of Specific Military Conflicts on Public Health
The Role of the United Nations
Conflict Resolution and Mediation for Health Professionals
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