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So Nigh Is Grandeur: Volunteerism and Disaster Preparedness and Response

Bennett Pafford, MD, MPH
Volume: 106 Issue: 1 January, 2013

Abstract:

So nigh is grandeur to our dust


So near to God is man;


When duty whispers low, “thou must.”


The youth replies, “I can.”


Voluntaries, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)1

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References:

1. Emerson RW. The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Poems. New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1904.
 
2. Grande D, Armstrong K. Community volunteerism of US physicians. J Gen Intern Med 2008; 23: 1987–1991.
 
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Volunteering in the United States—2011. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/volun.pdf. Accessed April 14, 2012.
 
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5. Romano M. Looking for volunteers. With the number of uninsured on the rise, the proportion of physicians willing to provide free care is on the decline. Mod Healthc 2006; 36: 6–7,16,1.
 
6. Alexander GC, Wynia MK. Ready and willing? Physicians’ sense of preparedness for bioterrorism. Health Aff (Millwood) 2003; 22: 189–197.
 
7. Erikson K. A New Species of Trouble: The Human Experience of Modern Disasters. New York, WW Norton, 1995.
 
8. Schultz CH, Stratton SJ. Improving hospital surge capacity: a new concept for emergency credentialing of volunteers. Ann Emerg Med 2007; 49: 602–609.
 
9. DeSimone CL, Response of public health workers to various emergencies. AOHN J 2009; 57: 17–23.
 
10. American Medical Association. Principles of medical ethics. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/medical-ethics/code-medical-ethics/principles-medical-ethics.page. Accessed April 14, 2012.

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