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War and the Health of Nations$
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Zaryab Iqbal

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758819

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758819.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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War and the Health of Nations
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758819.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the impact of war on public health. The book explores the multiple dimensions of the war-and-health relationship and analyzes the linkages among armed conflict, political and socioeconomic influences, societal capacities, and population well-being. It argues that the impact of violent conflict on public health disrupts the lives of populations in the immediate and short term by causing death and destruction, and in the medium and long term due to the inability of communities to meet their possibly escalated health care needs.

Keywords:   war, public health, armed conflict, political influences, socioeconomic influences, societal capacities, population well-being, death, destruction

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