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Kahn to speak on leadership during public health crises

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, 7:30 p.m. 120 Lewis Library

Laura H. Kahn, a health policy researcher at Princeton, will discuss her new book, “Who's in Charge: Leadership During Epidemics, Bioterror Attacks and Other Public Health Crises,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in 120 Lewis Library.

Kahn is a physician and a research health policy scholar with the Program in Science and Global Security in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In the book, she argues for the necessity of a clear chain of command during public health emergencies, and explores five crises and how leadership broke down during each: the 2001 anthrax attacks; the 1993 outbreak of the parasite cryptosporidium in the United States; the 2003 SARS outbreak in Toronto; the 2001 foot-and-mouth disease crisis; and the years-long battle against mad cow disease in the United Kingdom.

Kahn holds a degree in nursing from the University of California-Los Angeles, an M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a master of public health from Columbia University and a master of public policy from the Wilson School. She is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

The talk is sponsored by the Lewis Library.

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