Biological, Chemical, and Radiological Terrorism: Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Primary Care Physician by Alan Melnick

Biological, Chemical, and Radiological Terrorism: Emergency Preparedness and Response for the…

byAlan Melnick

Paperback | December 12, 2007

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This book helps primary care physicians understand their roles in preparing for and responding to terrorist events. With a practical approach, the text considers the physical and psychological impact of terrorism on providers and patients who are directly affected, as well as the spillover effects in more distant geographic locals. Proactive measures are outlined, such as educating patients about protective recommendations, addressing concerns about risk, and reporting credible risks to the proper authorities. The text also details how to detect terrorist-caused illness as early as possible, how to provide therapy to defend against or prevent illness, and how to treat patients with terrorist-caused illness. In-depth coverage of biologic agents (anthrax, plague, smallpox, botulism, tularemia, and hemorrhagic viruses), chemical agents (nerve and blister), and radiologic agents that terrorists are likely to use is provided. Readers also learn how to counsel families traumatized by terrorist threats and activities. In addition, the text takes a hard look at the structure, function, and current planning efforts of the public health system at the local, state, and federal levels. An emphasis is placed on how physicians can work with public health officials to ensure that preventive and therapeutic measures are delivered effectively, legally, and ethically.

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Title:Biological, Chemical, and Radiological Terrorism: Emergency Preparedness and Response for the…Format:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:December 12, 2007Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387472312

ISBN - 13:9780387472317

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Table of Contents

Emergency preparedness for the primary care physician.- Biological terrorism.- Chemical terrorism.- Radiological terrorism.- Mental health and terrorism.- The primary care physician's role in supporting the public health response to biological, chemical, and radiological terrorism.

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From the reviews:"The author presents a concise reference for primary care providers, be they family medicine practitioners, pediatricians, internists, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants, to help them recognize early cases of a potential mass casualty situation caused by either a terrorist attack or a natural disaster. . also a useful book for lay people who want to have the answers unfiltered by the medical community. . This book should be readily available in every primary care clinic. . I highly recommend this book for every physician." (Vincent F. Carr, DO, FACP, Doody's Review Service, March, 2008)