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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.