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9/11: Mental Health in the Wake of Terrorist Attacks ; Are We Ready? Public Health since 9/11

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1225
  1. Daniel Barnett (

    Rating: ****

    Terrorism's primary target has always been the psyche, not the body. Destruction of life and property is simply its vehicle for inflicting broader, long lasting harm to the mental health of populations. The 11 September 2001 terror attacks in the United States were no exception to this centuries old principle. However, their nature and scope were without precedent on American soil, and have exerted a singular impact on the research and practice of disaster mental health. The influence of the attacks on this nascent field receives worthy treatment in 9 /11: Mental Health in the Wake of Terrorist Attacks, which attempts to document and critically examine the wide ranging mental health response.

    In the book, leading researchers offer candid, behind the scenes insights into their own efforts in conducting mental health studies in the wake of 9/11. Vividly described profiles of large scale mental health interventions after 9/11, such as New York City's project liberty and the Pentagon's operation solace, offer remarkable examples of ingenuity and collaboration and contain heartbreaking stories of trauma and loss. To their …

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