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Letters to the Editor  |   December 2005
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Author Affiliations
  • Gail Dudley, DO
    Umatilla, Florida
  • Robin B. Mcfee, DO, MPH
    School of Medicine, State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York, Emergistics US Inc, San Antonio, Texas
Article Information
Disaster Medicine
Letters to the Editor   |   December 2005
Response
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2005, Vol. 105, 534. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2005.105.12.534
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2005, Vol. 105, 534. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2005.105.12.534
We were pleased to see that our article has generated thought processes about terrorism preparedness. Although we thank Dr Cymet for his thoughtful review of our paper, we are confused by its focus, which lies outside the range of our article. The focus of our article was Project BioShield and other countermeasures that would be most relevant to the preparedness and immediate response of primary care physicians to an attack of biological weapons. Dr Cymet's evaluation of the topic is from another viewpoint—that of the longer-term impact of terrorism on peoples' psyches. 
We would suggest that future researchers consider Dr Cymet's views on the psychological perspective of terrorist attacks in additional analyses. Articles describing such new analyses could be important contributions to preparedness efforts. 
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