Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

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Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine - A Practical Guide provides a framework for use by health professionals visiting a resource-constrained environment. Encompassing problems brought about by local conflict or natural disasters, the book covers preparation, organisation, logistics, treatment of major trauma and medical emergencies, and the special problems of delivering medicine in a hostile environment.
Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine - A Practical Guide comprehensively tackles:
- self-preparation of health professionals to face a range of medical and related problems which occur in hostile and remote environments;
- war and disaster medicine, covering acute management, rehabilitation, reconstruction and prevention;
- bridging the fields of medicine, nursing, international relations, history, politics and economics.
The book also touches on nutrition, infection, trauma, psychiatry and psychological medicine and training.
James Ryan, Leonard Cheshire Professor of Conflict Recovery, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK Peter F Mahoney, Consultant Anaesthetist and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Conflict Medicine, Leonard Cheshire Centre, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK Ian Greaves, Lecturer in Conflict Medicine, Leonard Cheshire Centre, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK Gavin Bowyer, Consultant in Orthopaedic Surgery, Southampton General Hospital, UK.

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is a discussion of medical, personal, and social issues which arise for medical personnel responding to natural and man-made disasters.
Purpose: A common sense approach is directed at healthcare professionals and organizations preparing to support victims of various mass casualty situations. Organization and preparation are given greater emphasis than medical care in this book.
Audience: Administrators, healthcare professionals, and support personnel may benefit from the experience-based comments presented here. Editors and authors represent trauma and injury programs in the United Kingdom.
Features: The initial discussion encompasses the practical realities of preparation to intervene medically in natural and man-made disasters seen today. Later chapters discuss specific clinical concerns including ballistics, women's and children's health, and treatment protocols where resources may be limited. Information about self preservation for the practitioner is also provided. There are no illlustrations and only a limited number of references. However, the book's 25 chapters are clearly written and objectives for each discussion are provided. The table of contents provides a chapter list with authorship and a brief subject index concludes the book.
Assessment: This book fills that important common sense niche for the well-intentioned healthcare practitioner lacking specific training for an unanticipated role. Clearly, this is not a stand-alone clinical reference, but it does serve as a terse check of conscience for those responding to these disasters.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852333478
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/29/2002
  • Edition description: 1st Edition.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The World in the New Millennium - Globalisation and Humanitarianism
2. The Spectrum of Conflict
3. Catastrophes - Natural and Man-Made Disasters
4. Refugees and Internally Displaced People
5. Medicine and Medical Aid in Remote Settings A - Medical Aspects of Oil and Gas Exploration B - The Falkland Islands, Expedition Medicine and Ship's Doctor C - Medicine at the Ends of the Earth
6. Medical Interventions in Catastrophe and Conflict
7. The Players A - The Humanitarian Aid Organisations B - The Military - a Player, a Facilitator or the Cause of the Problem SECTION 2. - THE PROCESS & RELATED ISSUES
8. The Process A - Getting Involved B - Preparation C - Arriving D - Coming Home
9. A Guide to the Medical Student Elective Abroad
10. Avoiding Trouble - Cultural Issues
11. Dealing with Trouble - the Wider Issues
12. Psychological Aspects of the Provision of Medical Humanitarian Aid SECTION 3. - PLANNING, RELATED ISSUES & CLINICAL CARE
13. Pre-Hospital Planning
14. Aviation Medicine Aspects
15. Communications Technology and Range
16. Spectrum of Capability and Applied Communications
17. Acute Medical Problems
18. Women's Health
19. Children's Health
20. Trauma, Surgical and Related conditions A. Introduction - Scene-Setting B. Orthopaedics and Trauma C. Ballistics and Blast D. Abdominal and Acute Surgical Emergencies E. Dental and ENT F. Anaesthesia and Analgesia SECTION 4. - AFTERMATH
21. Conflict Recovery
22. Hard Knocks and Hard Lessons SECTION 5. - RESOURCES
23. Publications
24. Checklists, Suppliers and Specialist Advice
25. Using the Internet to Access the World Wide Web (www)

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