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custody

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Public Health and Epidemiology.

Legally recognized responsibility for and authority over others, e.g., child custody as designated in a divorce settlement, incarceration of alleged and convicted criminals in prison.

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Drug Enforcement Administration

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Warfare and Defence.

(DEA)

The US government agency that aims to control the problems associated with drug dependency and addiction. The name of the agency implies a coercive and punitive approach, and...

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failed state

Overview page. Subjects: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution — Public Health and Epidemiology.

A nation or comparable administrative jurisdiction in which essential infrastructure, including health services, law enforcement, and other necessities for collective and personal health...

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Federal Emergency Management Agency

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Warfare and Defence.

(FEMA)

The US government agency, now part of the Department of Homeland Security, that organizes and administers plans to cope with natural and manmade disasters involving loss of...

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global Ethic

Overview page. Subjects: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution — Medicine and Health.

An approach to moral problems acknowledging that ethical analysis is frequently culture-specific and geographically limited. The international and worldwide experience of health care is the...

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hotline

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Warfare and Defence.

A telephone number that is accessible for emergencies or for standard information, e.g., about specific health problems, such as sexually transmitted diseases, suicidal thoughts, unwanted...

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infrared imagery

Overview page. Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine — Warfare and Defence.

The imagery produced as a result of sensing electromagnetic radiations emitted or reflected from a given target surface in the infrared position of the electromagnetic spectrum...

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mass casualty

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Warfare and Defence.

A term to describe the large numbers of dead and injured victims of a natural or manmade disaster. Situations involving mass casualties call for special methods and procedures, including...

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outbreak

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Warfare and Defence.

A small localized cluster of cases of a condition, usually an infectious disease. The word is sometimes a euphemism used to downplay the seriousness of an epidemic.

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phosgene

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health — Warfare and Defence.

n. a poisonous gas developed during World War I. It is a choking agent, acting on the lungs to produce oedema, with consequent respiratory and cardiac failure.

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