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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.