Public Health Response to Terrorism and Bioterrorism: Inventing the Wheel

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This article is part of a report, Remembering 9/11 and Anthrax: Public Health's Vital Role in National Defense, which features more than 30 firsthand, on-the-ground accounts of public health professionals who were directly involved in the response to the September 11, 2001 and anthrax tragedies. This is the story of Dr. Dan Hanfling, Special Advisor on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response to the Inova Health System. He concludes that emergency physicians and nurses have become the operational lynchpin of our new focus on public health emergency preparedness.