Our study panel began deliberations with significantly divergent
views on the meaning of the concept of “psychological consequences”
and the definition of terrorism. In addition we had many perspectives on
the appropriate preventive and therapeutic roles of public health and
mental health systems with respect to the psychological consequences of
terrorism. We agreed that terrorism affected humans in all walks of life
and that societal terrorists are as diverse as the individuals they terrorize
Technological change is today central to the theory of economic growth (Teixeira and
Fortuna, 2010). It is recognized as an important driver of productivity growth and the
emergence of new products from which consumers derive welfare (Verspagen, 2010).
The charge to the Committee on Crossing the Quality Chasm: Adaptation
to Mental Health and Addictive Disorders was broad, encompassing
health care for both mental and substance-use conditions, the public and
private sectors, and the comprehensive range of issues addressed in the 2001
Institute of Medicine report Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health
System for the 21st Century. The committee was pleased to be asked to
address this breadth of issues.
There is now a body of evidence suggesting that the occurrence and
course of schizophrenia are affected by a variety of environmental
factors. The Environment of Schizophrenia draws upon our
knowledge of these factors in order to design innovations that will
decrease its incidence and severity, while enhancing the quality of
life for sufferers and their relatives.
Examining environmental forces operating at the individual,
domestic and broad societal levels, Richard Warner proposes feasible
interventions such as...
In the “sleepwalkers” (1964) Arthur Koestler
remarks that “I mistrust the word progress and much
prefer the word evolution simply because progress,
by definition, can never go wrong, whereas evolution
constantly does and so does the evolution of
the ideas. Indeed, it is fascinating to observe
throughout history the evolution of quite a few “ruling”
ideas , moving from gradual acceptance, to
popularization, vulgarization, overextension, collapse
Even though human-induced species extinction presently seems to rank
low on peoples’ attention scale compared to other political and societal
topics, this does not mean that its significance in earth history or its ecological
consequences have diminished in any way. It must repeatedly be
made clear that if current trends continue, within the next one hundred
years half of all our planet’s species will most likely have become extinct.
Violence against children is a global human rights and public health issue, with signiﬁ cant negative
health and social impact on children’s development. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
states that all children have the right to be protected against all forms of violence, exploitation and
abuse, including sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
The short- and long-term consequences of
such violence are severe, not only for those who experience the violence, but also for families and
communities, and constitute a critical societal concern.
The past three decades have seen extraordinary changes in views concerning
the traumatization of children in our society. Attitudes of both mental health
professionals and the public moved from virtual denial of the existence and eff ects of
child abuse in the 1970s to an almost fervid preoccupation with these issues in the 1980s.
Since the 1950s, significant advances in the treatment of pain have resulted in greater relief
for an increasing number of patients. However, the quality of pain care delivery in the United
States continues to fall remarkably short of the current potential for optimal care. Pain
medicine remains fragmented, and the absence of a unified organizational model of pain
medicine hinders the effective provision of an integrated, cost-effective pain care, causing
unnecessary and avoidable human suffering and societal expense.