Are We Ready?: Public Health since 9/11

Are We Ready?: Public Health since 9/11

by David Rosner, Gerald Markowitz
     
 

"History is a harsh teacher. A single incident, natural or created by human minds and hands, can change how Americans think, feel, and respond to public health disasters. Rosner and Markowitz's Are We Ready? Public Health Since 9/11 serves as a primer for all policymakers and implementers. Ultimately it's the citizens of cities and states who will benefit or

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"History is a harsh teacher. A single incident, natural or created by human minds and hands, can change how Americans think, feel, and respond to public health disasters. Rosner and Markowitz's Are We Ready? Public Health Since 9/11 serves as a primer for all policymakers and implementers. Ultimately it's the citizens of cities and states who will benefit or be harmed."—Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-TX), Chair, Veteran Affairs and Military
Installations Committee

"This book provides insight into the events of 9/11 and the anthrax attack through the experiences of numerous players at the federal, state and local levels.
In so doing, it offers a better understanding of the events, the complexities, the challenges and the responses than have previously been conveyed in press accounts. The result is a picture of public health under stress and in action. The reader will have a better appreciation of what "readiness" and "being prepared" mean in the context of a public health emergency."—Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPH, Vice President, Academic Health Affairs, Emory University.

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Library Journal
Written by distinguished scholars Rosner (public health & history, Columbia Univ.) and Markowitz (history, John Jay Coll., CUNY Graduate Ctr.) and copublished by the respected Milbank Memorial Fund, Are We Ready? documents the public health response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the transformation of public health agencies in the tragedy's aftermath. Although firefighters are the best-recalled faces of 9/11, public health officers at all levels of government responded immediately, dealing with issues such as the control of rats fleeing damaged buildings and disposal of contaminated food from restaurants in blockaded areas. State and local public health personnel and facilities, reeling from years of budget cuts, were further challenged when threats of bioterrorism reached the press. Oral histories from state, local, and Centers for Disease Control staff and administrators who struggled through these crises yield important lessons, including the crucial role of mental health services and the urgent necessity for improved coordination of agencies at all levels. Completed before the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and before that department's infamous Hurricane Katrina response, this book may be part of a saga still in process, but medical and academic libraries will find it a useful addition.-Kathy Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520249202
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/11/2006
Series:
California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author


David Rosner is Professor of Public Health and History at Columbia University and Codirector of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. Gerald Markowitz is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. They are coauthors of Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution (UC Press).

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