Essentials of Terror Medicine / Edition 1

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Comprehensive coverage, from first response to forensics Written by an international list of recognized experts First text of its kind detailing the new and expanding field of terror medicine A new field of medicine has emerged as a result of the global proliferation of terrorism. Terror medicine is related to emergency and disaster medicine but focuses on the constellation of medical issues uniquely related to terrorist attacks. The field encompasses four broad areas: Preparedness Incident management Mechanisms of injuries and responses Psychological consequences. In Essentials of Terror Medicine, these core concerns are addressed by a distinguished international authorship that has been brought together by the three editors of this volume, who themselves are recognized experts in relevant disciplines: Shmuel Shapira, epidemiology and hospital administration; Jeffrey Hammond, trauma surgery and emergency response; Leonard Cole, bioterrorism and public policy. Moreover, many of the book's 35 contributors have had immediate and extensive experience in the medical management of terrorist attacks. The book provides insightful and practical information for physicians, nurses, emergency responders, and other health professionals who may be called to service during or after a terror incident. Essentials of Terror Medicine is indispensable reading for the medical community of the 21st century, in which diligence, continued education, and careful preparation for a variety of possible events are a preeminent responsibility.

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: An international group of authors present the basics of terror medicine.
Purpose: As the majority of international healthcare practitioners are unaware of and unprepared for the medical consequences of terrorism, this is a valuable resource.
Audience: Practitioners and trainees in emergency medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, and other specialties treating trauma are an appropriate audience for this work produced by international authorities. Administrators with responsibility for acute care programs may also benefit from this background material.
Features: After an introduction to the demographics of terrorism in the 20th and 21st century, the book provides a chronological approach to disasters related to terrorism beginning with EMS response and continuing with characteristics of weapons used. Patterns of injury, ethics, psychological sequelae, and the forensics of terrorist incidents are then discussed. Chapters are clearly written and range in size from 10 to 20 pages. Tables, occasional black-and-white line drawings and black-and-white photographs are used and, while reproduction of all illustrations is good, photographs suffer from lack of contrast due to absence of color. Chapters are stocked with ample references featuring primary work from American and international journals. References date to within three years of the book's publication and clearly reflect the breadth of international work which has been done.
Assessment: This is an excellent review from a field not featured in traditional training. The editors have effectively combined presentations from multiple countries and maintained a consistent presentation style. While some redundancy is inevitable in a work such as this, I recommend this resource for practitioners and hospitals serving in the acute care safety net.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387094113
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/10/2008
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to Terror Medicine.- Terrorism in the 21st Century.- EMS and Pre-Hospital Issues.- Effects of Terrorism on the Healthcare Community.- Terror Medicine Education and Training.- Modeling and Simulation in Terror Medicine.- National Coordination and Integration.- Response Planning.- Technology Opportunities and Challenges.- Epidemiology of Terrorism Injuries.- Explosions and Blast Injury.- Biological Agents and Terror Medicine.- Chemical Agents and Terror Medicine.- Radiological Weapons and Terror Medicine.- Cyber Terrorism Preparation and Response.- Penetrating Injury in Terror Attacks.- Orthopedic Injury in Urban Terrorism.- Terror Inflicted Burn Injury.- Neurological Injury Related to Terror.- Crush Injury, Crush Syndrome.- Maxillofacial Injury Related to Terror.- Pediatrics and Terrorism.- Forensic Investigation of Suicide Bombings.- Psychological Effects of Terror Attacks.- Ethics and Terror Medicine.

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