Biological Weapons Defense: Principles and Mechanisms for Infectious Diseases Counter-Bioterrorism
edited by Lindler, Luther E. (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD); Lebeda, Frank J. (US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, MD); Korch, George (US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, MD)
Hardcover, 400 pages + bonus CD-ROM
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Although this may not be your specialty, you may find yourself in the throes of it. Whether you study this book, or simply have it on hand - you will be substantially prepared.
This is an essential guide for scientists and clinicians involved in preparing against the illegitimate use of microorganisms and is a good book for the community clinician who wants to learn about the problems that may be faced should an attack occur.
This hardcover reference book comes with an included value-added eBook/PDA on CD-ROM.
Leading authorities in the field discuss their efforts in genetic fingerprinting, diagnostics, and vaccine development in order to protect civilian populations. In addition the contributors cover the genomics of bio-defense pathogens and bioinformatics efforts in database building.
Prominent experts in biodefense research - many from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases-authoritatively delineate the universe of scientific, medical, and legal issues facing the biodefense research community. Regarding medical countermeasures and decontamination, the authors describe the treatment and pathogenesis of a variety of established pathogens (anthrax, plague, smallpox, Brucellosis, Glanders, and Coxiella burnettii) and review what is known about the aerosol route of infection and decontamination processes.
They also examine how to discover the presence of these agents, or other previously unknown biological weapons, and detail the ongoing efforts to counter these agents, including proteomic and genomic analysis as a gateway to better diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccinations, genotyping, and forensics.
Additional chapters discuss the development and use technology to identify and characterize these infectious organisms, emerging threats, and the development of countermeasures.
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