The Elephant in the Room: Critical Reflections on Militarism, War, and Their Health ContingenciesSr, Sharon McGuire OP, PhD, FNP-BC; Boyle, Joyceen PhD, RN, FAANAdvances in Nursing Science: April/June 2008 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - p 128–138 doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000319563.61137.ef Article Abstract Author Information This philosophical analysis critically explores an archeology of militarism as an underpinning to multiple forms of violence, especially war. Deconstructing militarism and its discourses reveal it as a pervasive geographical, cultural, political, and psychological presence. New war technologies, related health and environmental problems, injuries, social suffering, and disproportionality in military spending as a threat to health are uncovered. Continuing the dialogue in formal nursing associations, critiquing media complicity in securing consent for war, and reconstructing a nonviolent, healthier world through nonviolent resistance are advocated. Adrian Dominican Sisters Campus, Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan (Dr McGuire); and University of Arizona, Tucson (Dr Boyle). Corresponding Author: Sharon McGuire Sr, OP, PhD, FNP-BC, Adrian Dominican Sisters Campus, Siena Heights University, 1247 E Siena Heights Dr, Adrian, MI 49221 (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com). © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.