Public health is a critical element in responding to terrorist incidents and in reducing or preventing threats of future terrorism. It is also a critical element in reducing or preventing inappropriate or hazardous responses to threats of future terrorism, such as diversion of resources and attention from other urgent public health needs, adverse health effects from misuse of antibiotics and ill-conceived immunization programs, and abrogation of civil rights and human rights. This book addresses terrorism and public health, and presents a balanced approach to strengthening systems and protecting people. It is designed to assist public health professionals and their agencies and organizations by providing up-to-date, science-based expert information on, and a systematic practical approach to, a wide range of relevant public health issues as they relate to terrorism. While there are and will be many books on terrorism and some on its public-health aspects, we believe this is the first book that addresses terrorism from a public-health perspective that is both comprehensive and balanced.
Many public health professionals have become engaged in responding to terrorist acts and the threats of future terrorism, ranging from epidemiologists to health educators, from mental health specialists to vaccine developers, from occupational and environmental health specialists to those who focus on human rights and social justice issues. There are ongoing needs to