The Epidemiology of Aggression: Health Consequences of War in Nicaragua
Lancet. 1985 Jun 29; 1(8444): 1492-1493.
The authors were among a group of 200 health workers from the United States and Canada who visited Nicaragua in October 1984 to observe the health consequences of the "limited covert war" there. The task force reported that biological effects of the war include the killing of 7,000 persons, an increased prevalence of infectious diseases, and a severe disruption of the improvement in health services achieved by the Nicaraguan government since 1979. Because of the diversion of resources to military purposes, the building of new health service posts, development of teaching programs, and upkeep of equipment have been severely curtailed. Depression and other psychological problems have increased. Maintaining that sufficient information has been obtained to document a pattern of activity by the contras that violates principles of medical neutrality under the Geneva Convention, the authors urge physicians and other health workers to speak out against the war. (KIE abstract)
Aggression; Developing Countries; Economics; Epidemiology; Government; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Facilities; Health Personnel; Health Services; Killing; Morbidity; Mortality; Physicians; Political Activity; Prevalence; Psychological Stress; Resource Allocation; Scarcity; Social Impact; War;
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