Understanding and Preparing for the Psychological Consequences of Bioterrorism

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by Terri Tanielian, Bradley D. Stein, David Eisenman, Donna J. Keyser, Stuart S. Olmsted, Harold Alan Pincus

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This issue paper describes some of the major challenges that the psychological consequences of a bioterror attack will pose, and proposes specific strategies for dealing effectively with those challenges. The information should prove useful for a wide range of policymakers attempting to develop state and local response strategies that effectively meet the psychological needs of multiple populations in the event of a bioterror attack.

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