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Quickly Noted: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

July 9, 2007

208109946_8c334cfe05I hate to do this, because I disagree with the idea that journals can charge for access to knowledge that is usually paid for with federal funds, but because of the very close correlation to our subject matter here, I feel that must pass it along. Be prepared for some preachiness at the end, though.

Late last month, the AMA began publishing a new journal entitled, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. From the blurb:

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is the first comprehensive and authoritative journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care and public health professionals globally. The journal will translate science into practice and integrate medical and public health perspectives. With the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax attacks, the tsunami in Indonesia, hurricane Katrina, SARS and the fear of pandemic influenza, all health care and public health professionals must be prepared to respond to emergency situations. In support of these pressing public health needs, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is committed to the medical and public health communities who are the stewards of the health and security of citizens worldwide.

…and they’re modest as well. One has to wonder, though, how “committed to the medical and public health communities” this publication is – especially when it costs more than $150 per subscriber per year ($260 at the institutional rate). This after continuing and repeated calls railing against public health cuts which are gutting our public health infrastructure. A journal that really supports our public health communities would see fit to adopt an Open Access stance, like the Public Library of Science or BioMed Central. But, as they say, money talks, and poor communities fail to get access to all that they need.

In the meantime, the DMPHP is currently undergoing a free trial period until July 22, 2007. So, please download all that you can in anticipation of being thrown out of the hallowed halls of the informed. If someone comes to this post AFTER the bottom line influenced deadline and would like access to any of the articles in this issue, please email me and I’ll be happy to forward them along (think of me as a photocopy machine).

Photo credit: jtyerse

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