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Terrorism and Public Health: A Balanced Approach to Strengthening Systems and Protecting People; In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7396.989 (Published 03 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:989
  1. Ian Roberts, professor of public health (ian.roberts@LSHTM.ac.uk)
  1. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    Terrorism and Public Health: A Balanced Approach to Strengthening Systems and Protecting People

    Eds Barry S Levy, Victor W Sidel

    Oxford University Press, £35, pp 377

    ISBN 0 19 515834 2

    In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis

    Ed Jonathan D Moreno

    The MIT Press, £16.50, pp 229

    ISBN 0 262 13428 4

    http://mitpress.mit.edu

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    Reading Terrorism and Public Health is like listening to a psychotic patient—florid delusion interspersed with some remarkably lucid episodes. To its credit, this book clearly sets out its political orientation in the first chapter. It defines public health as “what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.” Readers who expect to find any reference to US state terrorism in Nicaragua—for which the United States was condemned by the World Court—or the Clinton administration's bombing of the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Sudan will be disappointed. The “society” in the definition is unashamedly US. This is a book about terrorism directed at the United States rather than terrorism directed by the United States.


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