Bracing for armageddon? : the science and politics of bioterrorism in America

William R. Clark

Since September 11th, the threat of a bioterrorist attack-massive, lethal, and unpreventable-has hung in the air over America. Bracing for Armageddon? offers a vividly written primer for the general reader, shedding light on the science behind potential bioterrorist attacks and revealing what could happen, what is likely to happen, and what almost certainly will not happen. The story opens with a riveting account of a bioterrorism scenario commissioned by the U.S. government. Using this doomsday tableau as a springboard, Clark reviews a host of bioterrorist threats (from agroterrorism to a poisoning of the water supply) and examines not only the worst-case menace of genetically engineered pathogens, but also the lethal agents on the CDC's official bioterrorism list, including Smallpox, Anthrax, Plague, Botulism, and Ebola. His overview of attempted bioterrorist attacks to date-such as the failed Aum Shinrikyo attempts in 1995 in Japan and the Anthrax attack in the US following 9/11-bolstered by interviews with a range of experts-shows why virtually all of these attempts have failed.Indeed, he demonstrates that a successful bioterrorism attack is exceedingly unlikely, while a major flu epidemic (such as the deadly epidemic of 1918 that killed millions worldwide) is a virtual certainty. Given the long odds of a bioterrorist attack, Clark asks, has the more than $40 billion the United States has dedicated to the defense against bioterrorism really been well spent? Is it time to move on to other priorities? In contrast to the alarmist fears stoked by the popular media, William Clark here provides a reassuring overview of what we really need to worry about-and what we don't.

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  • 1. Tales of a Dark Winter: A Play in Three Acts: What could happen in a bioterrorist smallpox attack
  • 2. Three Wake-up calls (And Some Near Misses): Bioterrorist incidents in the US and elsewhere: Rajneeshees
  • Aum Shinrikyo
  • 2001 postal anthrax attacks
  • Minnesota Patriots council
  • Larry Wayne Harris
  • 3. Agents of Terror: The CDC list of bioterrorism pathogens (for anthrax, smallpox, plague, tularemia, botulism, Ebola). How they work, what we can do to protect ourselves
  • 4. Genetically Modified Pathogens
  • 5. The Ultimate Bioterrorist Mother Nature!: 1918 influenza pandemic
  • SARS
  • H5N1
  • 6. The Very Food on Your Plate (And the Water in Your Glass): Agroterrorism (livestock, crops)
  • protecting our water supply
  • 7. America Reacts: The Anti-Terrorism Acts of 1989, 1996, and 2002
  • the Strategic National Stockpile
  • the Bioshield and Biowatch Programs
  • progress to date
  • the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza
  • 8. Political, Legal, and Social Issues in A National Health Emergency: Social, legal, and civil rights issues surrounding major catastrophic events
  • quarantine, mandatory vaccinations
  • the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act
  • 9. The Politics of Bioterrorism in America
  • 10. Assessing the Threat: Why virtually all bioterrorism attacks to date have failed
  • what it would take to succeed. Who could do it?

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書名 Bracing for armageddon? : the science and politics of bioterrorism in America
著作者等 Clark, William R
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2008
ページ数 xii, 211 p.
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 9780195336214
NCID BB00190097
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国