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Human disasters 

Human disasters

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Human disasters
Author(s):

Amartya Sen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0305
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date: 23 May 2017

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....

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