The Bioterrorism SourcebookSoftbound, 549 pp
Michael R. Grey, MD, MPH; Kenneth R. Spaeth, MD, MPH
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Presenting actual patient management strategies for victims of biological, chemical, and nuclear agents, The Bioterrorism Sourcebook is the one essential resource book for a time we must prepare for - and hope never comes.
This unique illustrated volume helps health care personnel provide expert, expeditious care to victims of biological, chemical, nuclear, or radiologic events.
Emphasizing tools for differentiating and treating conditions caused by biological and chemical agents, The Bioterrorism Sourcebook is the only one-stop source of step-by-step clinical guidance on diagnosis and treatment of bioterrorism-related conditions. Concise and results-oriented, this resource features:
Illustrations, charts, and synopses for fast categorization and identification of biological and chemical agents
Tables of clinical manifestations that may result from contact with bioterror substances
"Key Diagnostic Criteria" for all major biological, chemical, and nuclear agents
Essential findings for diagnosis
Pathogenesis of major biological weapons
Mechanisms of cellular and systemic injury
Information on means of transmission, modes of dispersal, and methods of exposure
Risks for secondary infections and contamination
Essential historical background on prior attacks and health care responses
Discussion of use of the clinical setting in diagnosis
"This is a comprehensive but concise guideline for prevention, identification, and treatment of bioterrorism threats, primarily from the health care worker's perspective....This book takes on the tremendous task of creating a concise yet complete reference for health care workers and public officials; overall, it succeeds. This is especially critical given the dynamic and expansive subject of bioterrorism." -- Shock Journal
The book is intended as a "one-stop source of clinical and public health guidance" for any frontline healthcare and public health workers dealing with the immediate and long-term needs of victims of biological, chemical, nuclear, or radiologic events. It attempts to integrate a vast amount of information into a detailed yet easy to use reference to heighten bioterrorism preparedness. This is an extremely useful endeavor because, as the book points out, there are very few references for bioterrorism response that combine the various and dynamic aspects that the frontline healthcare worker will need to quickly and effectively respond to bioterrorism threats.
This book meets the authors' stated objectives in providing a concise, detailed book that is useful both as a teaching text and as a focused, quick reference for on-the-spot diagnosis and management of bioterrorism threats.
Table of Contents:
Ch. 1 Introduction to terrorism and bioterrorism 3 Ch. 2 A clinical approach to biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorism 15 Ch. 3 Clinicians' roles in public health preparedness and emergency response 35 Ch. 4 Environmental terrorism 57 Ch. 5 Surveillance systems and bioterrorism 71 Ch. 6 Vulnerable groups : a summary of relevant concerns 93 Ch. 7 Psychological effects of the BCN threat 100 Ch. 8 Toxicology and bioterrorism 111 Ch. 9 Legal and ethical issues 124 Ch. 10 A brief history of biological weapons 141 Ch. 11 Introduction to biological agents 151 Ch. 12 Smallpox (Variola major) 156 Ch. 13 Viral hemorrhagic fevers 176 Ch. 14 Anthrax 190 Ch. 15 Plague (Yersinia pestis) 215 Ch. 16 Tularemia (Francisella tularensis) 232 Ch. 17 Introduction to biotoxins 247 Ch. 18 Botulinum toxin 250 Ch. 19 Ricin 263 Ch. 20 Category B, C, and additional agents 273 Ch. 21 Introduction to chemical weapons 359 Ch. 22 A brief history of chemical weapons 363 Ch. 23 Pulmonary agents 371 Ch. 24 Vesicants or blistering agents 382 Ch. 25 Nerve and incapacitating agents 404 Ch. 26 Blood agents 429 Ch. 27 A brief history of nuclear weapons and the atomic age 443 Ch. 28 An overview of radiation physics and injury 455 Ch. 29 Introduction to nuclear and radiation weapons 461 Ch. 30 Radiological terrorism 470
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