David A. Hamburg-doctor, teacher, hostage negotiator, presidential advisor, and more-has seen a lot in his 77 years and has a message for the 21st century: An ounce of prevention is worth many pounds of cure when it comes to deadly international conflict. To explore how the model of preventive medicine may be practically applied to political violence, Hamburg created the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. This book is the capstone of the Commission's extensive efforts and covers situations as widely ranging as World War II's Holocaust, terrorist attacks in the U. S., and the War in Iraq.
David A. Hamburg, M.D., is president emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and currently a visiting scholar in the Department of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. He has been a professor at Stanford and Harvard, president of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the National Academy of Sciences' Public Welfare Medal (its highest award), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States.