Violence and Public Health: Exploring the Relationship Between Biological Perspectives on Violent Behavior and Public Health Approaches to Violence Prevention

  • Jonathan Kaplan
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 90)


Violent Crime Criminal Behavior Violent Behavior Homicide Rate Public Health Approach 
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