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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anne L. O'Keefe, MD, MPH (Douglas County NE Health Department)
Description: This edited book provides a scholarly overview of topics such as public health preparedness, community medical response planning, and recognition and management of diseases affecting humans, animals, and plants.
Purpose: The book provides practical information about which public health decision-makers and community medical response planners must be knowledgeable. Contributors include state public health officials, graduate public health professors, and academic human medical, veterinary, and agricultural researchers.
Audience: Local and state public health officials, hospital administrators, and others responsible for community medical and psychosocial response planning would benefit greatly by understanding the topics presented. Students who desire to pursue careers in public health and community medical response planning and anyone who desires a better understanding of the complex issues surrounding planning for a public health emergency will find it useful and interesting.
Features: The first part of the book focuses on general issues in public health preparedness on a community level, focusing on public health policy and legal issues, hospital preparedness, surveillance and detection, and psychosocial issues. Of particular interest is a detailed discussion of a hypothetical biological attack scenario. The second and largest part provides clinical overviews of CDC categories A, B, and C biological agents affecting humans. The final section on agroterrorism focuses on agents affecting animals and crops.
Assessment: This book can be added to a growing list of references on biological weapons published since the terrorism attacks on the United States in 2001. It adds a unique state and local perspective on planning that must be accomplished by public health agencies and community medical responders to prepare for a biological attack or other public health emergency.