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Title:

Commentary on “New Challenges for Public Health Care: Biological and Chemical Weapons Awareness, Surveillance, and Response”

Authors:
Monica Schoch-Spana
Date posted:
April 01, 2003
Publication type:
Commentary
Publication:

Biol Res Nurs 2003;4(4):251-254

Publisher:
Sage Publications
DOI:
10.1177/1099800403252295
Availability:
On publisher's website
Introduction:

Dudley writes positively of the realization accompanying the 2001 anthrax letter attacks that nurses and other health care providers play an essential role in contemporary national defense. Dudley’s optimism surrounding this collective insight is commendable, as are his efforts to apprise nursing professionals of their weighty responsibility in protecting the civilian population against terrorism’s effects. The incorporation of medical and public health experts and institutions into U.S. government emergency response policy and planning, however, has met myriad obstacles over the past few years. Gains in understanding of, and support for, the role of health care workers in terrorism response must therefore continue to be carefully nurtured, most especially in the realm of biological attacks.

 

 

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