The Public Health Consequences of Disasters: Public Health Consequences Of

Hardcover | November 15, 1996

EditorEric K. Noji

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Natural and man-made disasters--earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, industrial crises, and many others--have claimed more than 3 million lives during the past 20 years, adversely affected the lives of at least 800 million people, and caused more than 50 billion dollars in propertydamages. A major disaster occurs almost daily in some part of the world. Increasing population densities in flood plains, along vulnerable coastal areas, and near dangerous faults in the earth's crust, as well as the rapid industrialization of developing economies are factors likely to make thethreat posed by natural disasters much bigger in the future. Illustrated with examples from recent research in the field, this book summarizes the most pertinent and useful information about the public health impact of natural and man-made disasters. It is divided into four sections dealing with general concerns, geophysical events, weather-relatedproblems, and human-generated disasters. The author starts with a comprehensive discussion of the concepts and role of surveillance and epidemiology, highlighting general environmental health concerns, such as sanitation, water, shelter, and sewage. The other chapters, based on a variety ofexperiences and literature drawn from both developing and industrialized countries, cover discrete types of natural and technological hazards, addressing their history, origin, nature, observation, and control. Throughout the book the focus is on the level of epidemiologic knowledge on each aspect of natural and man-made disasters. Exposure-, disease-, and health-event surveillance are stressed because of the importance of objective data to disaster epidemiology. In addition, Noji pays particularattention to prevention and control measures, and provides practical recommendations in areas in which the public health practitioner needs more useful information. He advocates stronger epidemiologic awareness as the basis for better understanding and control of disasters. A comprehensivetheoretical and practical treatment of the subject, The Public Health Consequences of Disasters is an invaluable tool for epidemiologists, disaster relief specialists, and physicians who treat disaster victims.

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Natural and man-made disasters--earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, industrial crises, and many others--have claimed more than 3 million lives during the past 20 years, adversely affected the lives of at least 800 million people, and caused more than 50 billion dollars in propertydamages. A major disaster occurs almost daily in so...

Eric K. Noji, M.D., M.P.H., is Chief of the International Emergency and Refugee Health Unit at the Centers for Disease Control's International Health Program Office. He also serves as Director of the Center for Disease Control's World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 9.45 × 6.73 × 1.06 inPublished:November 15, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

I. General IssuesIntroductionEric K. Noji: 1. Eric K. Noji: The Nature of Disasters2. Eric K. Noji: The Use of Epidemiologic Methods in Disasters3. Scott Weatherall and Eric K. Noji: Surveillance and Epidemiology4. Scott R. Lillibridge: Managing the Environmental Health Aspects of Disasters: Water, Human Excreta and Shelter5. Michael J. Toole: Communicable Diseases and Disease Control after Disasters6. Ellen Gerrity and Brian W. Flynn: Mental Health Consequences of Disasters7. R. Elliott Churchill: Effective Media RelationsII. Geophysical Events8. Eric K. Noji: Earthquakes9. Peter Baxter: VolcanoesIII. Weather-Related Problems10. Josephine Malilay: Tropical Cyclones11. Scott R. Lillibridge: Tornadoes12. Edwin Kilbourne: Heat Waves and Hot Environments13. Edwin Kilbourne: Cold Environments14. Josephine Malilay: FloodsIV. Human-Generated Problems15. Ray Yip: Famine16. Ruth Etzel and Jean G. French: Air Pollution17. Scott R. Lillibridge: Industrial Disasters18. Lee M. Sanderson: Fires19. Robert C. Whitcomb and Michael Sage: Nuclear-Reactor Incidents20. Michael J. Toole: Complex Emergencies

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"This book can be recommended to academic intensivists who want to gain a deeper comprehension of epidemiology, geophysical and weather-related events, as well as human-generated disasters."--Critical Care Medicine