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Medical Aspects of Biological Warfare (2007)

Medical Aspects of Biological Warfare (2007)

(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/176925200)

(PDF: http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/borden/Portlet.aspx?ID=66cffe45-c1b8-4453-91e0-9275007fd157)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What does a biosafety level-4 containment care suite look like?
  • What are some of the factors that determine the virulence of plague?
  • What do plague lesions look like?
  • How is anthrax diagnosed?
  • What are some symptoms of glanders?


From the preface:

Grounded in a historical perspective, this new volume, Medical Aspects of Biological Warfare, addresses weaponization of biological agents. It categorizes potential agents as food, waterborne, or agricultural toxins and discusses the respective epidemiology. A description of individual agents includes recent advances in the knowledge base and the illnesses induced. The authors present familiar (anthrax, plague, smallpox) and less often discussed biotoxins (alphaviruses, staphylococcal enterotoxins) and explain methods for early agent identification. To maximize understanding, authors used case studies and research along with successful management practices, treatments, and antidotes.

The description of the practical issues related to civil defense and the inherent differences between national, state, and metropolitan priorities with regard to biosurety, quarantine, crisis management, public affairs, and legal considerations is clear.

The main text is followed by a table of abbreviations and acronyms and an index.


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