The threat of biological weapons. Prophylaxis and mitigation of psychological and social consequences.

@article{Holloway1997TheTO,
  title={The threat of biological weapons. Prophylaxis and mitigation of psychological and social consequences.},
  author={Harry C. Holloway and Ann E. Norwood and Carol S. Fullerton and Charles C. Engel and Robert J. Ursano},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1997},
  volume={278 5},
  pages={425-7}
}
The microbial world is mysterious, threatening, and frightening to most people. The stressors associated with a biological terrorist attack could create high numbers of acute and potentially chronic psychiatric casualties who must be recognized, diagnosed, and treated to facilitate triage and medical care. Media communications, planning for quarantine and decontamination, and the role of community leaders are important to the mitigation of psychological consequences. Physicians will need to… CONTINUE READING

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