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Recognition, Management, and Prevention of Biological, Chemical,

and Nuclear Injuries Secondary to Acts of Terrorism


Robert Samuel Cromartie III, M.D., FACS

Richard Joseph Duma, M.D., Ph.D., FACP

BOOK REVIEW 5 star review high tech terror by sam cromartie md

Be Afraid - Then Do Something About It

By Laurence Miller, PhD, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health

Some books inform us, some instruct us, others warn us, and a few try to prepare us for the worst. Then there are those books that do all of these things while scaring the hell out of us, and High-Tech Terror will snap you to attention from the first page. This slim volume packs a megaton wallop of data on the "NBC" triad of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons that threaten our civilization in the 21st century. Actually, as the book makes clear, NBC terrorism has a long history, dating back to at least the middle of the 20th century in the case of nuclear terrorism, and perhaps as early as the 18th and 19th centuries for biological and chemical warfare. There seems to be a malevolent side of human inventiveness that, upon discovery of any new technology, impels us to seek how to weaponize it.

The book begins with a discussion of biological agents and disease organisms, explaining how they infect the human body, their signs and symptoms, and what steps can be taken to mitigate their effects on individuals and populations. The whole microbial rogue's gallery is here: anthrax, botulism, tularemia, smallpox, ricin, pneumonic and bubonic plague, and others. In a style that manages to be both chilling and clinical, the authors painstaking explain how to identify the effects of each agent and what actually happens to us if and when we get infected.

Next up are the chemical warfare agents, which can be roughly divided into choking agents, blistering agents, or nerve agents. Not sure which you'd rather die of? Don't worry, you may not have to make a choice because some chemical agents have two or all three of these properties.

The newest bullies on the block are the nuclear weapons - and not just the kind that blow up cities. The chapters in this section explain how radiation affects the body, and describe in detail the nature of acute radiation syndrome (ARS), as well as both the short-term and long-lasting effects of radiation on individual health and the general environment.

The crisp narrative text is further aided by informative charts and tables, and by a few black-and-white photographs. One of the major virtues of this book is that the authors manage to informatively distill and summarize a vast universe of information into less than 200 pages, which means that there is really no excuse for any professional in the medical, mental health, or emergency services field not to read this book. Indeed, what comes across in these pages is just how inevitable it seems that we will soon face new crises involving NBC terrorism. High-Tech Terror provides the fundamental clinical and scientific knowledge base that is key to effective preparation.

is divided into three parts:

Part 1: Biological Agents and Diseases

Part 2: Chemical Warfare Agents and Terrorism

Part 3: Radiation Injuries and Nuclear Terrorism.


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