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HighTechTerrorCvrSz1a1HIGH-TECH TERROR

Recognition, Management, and Prevention of Biological, Chemical,

and Nuclear Injuries Secondary to Acts of Terrorism

by

Robert Samuel Cromartie III, M.D., FACS

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

 

READ BOOK REVIEW by Laurence Miller, PhD, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health

High-Tech Terror is an easy-to-read manual for anyone involved in the response to acts of terrorism involving biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons. The prologue discusses the events of 9/11, the anthrax attacks that followed in its aftermath, and the American response with Project Bioshield.

Part I deals with biological agents and the complexities of recognition of a bioterrorist attack and methods of treatment of victims as well as avoidance of spread of the pathological organism. Emphasis is placed on category A agents, defined by the CDC as being easy to disseminate or transmit from person to person, causing a high mortality, and having potential for major public health impact. These agents cause smallpox, anthrax, plague, botulism, tularemia, and viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola and Marburg.

Part II discusses chemical warfare, detailing past uses of chemical weapons beginning in WWI and continuing through the Iran-Iraq War and the use of sarin gas by Aum Shinriko terrorists in Japan in 1994 and 1995. Choking agents (chlorine and phosgene), blistering agents (phosgene oxime, sulfa and nitrogen mustard, and lewisite), and the nerve agents (tabun, sarin, soman, and VX) receive extensive attention.

Part III describes the effects of the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki and delves into the differences between hydrogen bomb, neutron bomb, and radiological dispersal device (dirty bomb). Emphasis is placed on methods of treatment for acute radiation syndrome.

This book is a valuable reference for physicians, nurses, other health care providers, public health workers, and police or other first-line responders involved in disaster management. LOOK INSIDE>

HIGH-TECH TERROR
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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