Terrorism is a Medical Matter

Medical Authors and Editors: Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. and Frederick Hecht, M.D.

The worst terrorist attack in Spanish history on March 11, 2004. At least 10 bombs exploded during rush hour in three commuter train stations. At least 190 people were killed and more than 1,200 wounded. Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar appeared on television and told his people, "Terrorists tried to cause as much pain as possible. March 11 now has its place in the history of infamy."

Terrorism is a Medical Problem

We usually choose the stories for the daily MedicineNet Health News. These are generally about medical matters -- cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, the flu, SARS, migraine, and many other diseases and conditions that impinge on health.

The tragedy in Spain is a terrible way to remember that terrorism is also a medical matter. When there is something like this, we tend to think of the deaths. But many more may be wounded in the flesh and in the spirit. And then there is the aftermath for all who survive and their families and friends.

Health, Medical, & Scientific Aspects of War & Terrorism

A press release from the University of California, San Francisco on "UCSF Experts on War- and Terrorism-Related Topics" listed "clinicians and scientists who can provide expert information on health, medical, and scientific topics related to war and terrorism."