Human disasters

Amartya Sen

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Human disasters

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Human disasters, as massive misfortunes long recorded over history, have great importance for medicine, rightly prompting the call for prevention, relief, and practical intervention by medical personnel. But why do human disasters happen? A sharp distinction is sometimes drawn between natural disasters, e.g. earthquakes, and social disasters, e.g. wars, but detailed knowledge often shows that this contrast is not always clear....

Chapter.  4537 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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