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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Peter Katona, MD (UCLA School of Medicine)
Description: The book describes the important biothreat agents in detail chapter by chapter and includes a chapter on the handling of organisms in general by healthcare workers and a chapter on the economics of bioterrorism.
Purpose: The purpose is to give the reader accurate and up-to-date information about the handling of biothreat agents, important and worthy objectives that the book meets.
Audience: The audience is essentially anyone with an interest in the field, but specifically could include healthcare workers and policy makers. The authors are very credible.
Features: The book covers the most discussed biothreat agents and provides a general approach to an unknown agent as well as the economics of terrorism. The agents are thoroughly discussed and the practical approach to an unknown agent is excellent. The last chapter, however, did not seem to fit in well with the overall scope of the book and was difficult to make sense of in any practical way.
Assessment: Except for the last chapter on economics, I liked this book and thought it had relevance to the biothreat field. It did not offer any new insights but its thoroughness will be useful to healthcare workers.