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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

Print version ISSN 0138-6557On-line version ISSN 1561-3046


VENTURA VELAZQUEZ, René Esteban et al. Disasters like different war phenomen. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2009, vol.38, n.2. ISSN 0138-6557.

There are significant differences between the war and the disasters. Despite the broad diversity of criteria son disasters, many authors include the war within the category of disaster. The same occurs with its classification, based on supposing that consequences for human communities suffering it be equivalent. We present a series of features to distinguishing between a war and a disaster. Among them are included the purpose of a war that is to cause the greater damage possible in a determined population or community, and the impact differences on physical and mental health, where in the war is aggravated by obstacles imposed by the contending parts to make the health care tasks. In war the appropriate conditions to extend violence and to perpetuate it are created. We conclude that differences between a war and a disaster in relation with causes and consequences for health are greater than similarities presented by both phenomena, being two situations that must to be separately studied to avoid errors and confusion.

Keywords : Feature and classification of disasters..

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