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The Health of Nations: Infectious Disease, Environmental Change, and Their Effects on National Security and Development

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:683
  1. Kelley Lee (, co-director
  1. Centre on Global Change and Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    Andrew T Price-Smith

    Embedded ImageMIT Press, £15.95, pp 220

    ISBN 0 262 66123 3

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    Health matters have increasingly been discussed in recent years within the higher echelons of international policy making, largely as a result of rapidly emerging concerns about health security. Health security is a post cold war concept that recognises the need to address non-military threats to national security. Other non-military threats, such as environmental degradation, population movements, economic instability, and terrorism, are now among the concerns that keep strategic planners awake at night.

    The growing literature on health security has encouraged non-health specialists to enter the health field and offer the …

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