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Medical Aspects of Chemical Warfare (2008)

Medical Aspects of Chemical Warfare (2008)

(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/460938576)

(PDF: http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/borden/Portlet.aspx?id=d3d11f5a-f2ef-4b4e-b75b-6ba4b64e4fb2)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are the effects of nerve agents?
  • What nerve agents smell fruity?
  • How long can VX stay active in the soil?
  • How long might someone stay in a BZ induced delirium?


From the prologue:

This expanded edition covers four themes: (1) the history of chemical warfare; (2) medical diagnosis and treatment for chemical casualties; (3) the mechanisms and science behind treatments and advances in therapy; and (4) homeland security. The book addresses innovative new technologies, such as nerve agent bioscavenger enzymes, as well as advances in personal decontamination, wound healing, protective equipment, and more.

Some of the particular chemical agents discussed include:

  • Nerve agents (tabun, sarin, soman and VX)
  • Incapaciting agents (BZ, LSD, etc)
  • Riot control compounds (CS, OC, PS, CN, DM, CR)
  • Toxins (Palytoxin, Tetrodotoxin and Saxitoxin, Brevetoxin, Batrachotoxin)

Some other chapters of interest to writers of stories involving these sorts of attacks are:

  • Triage of Chemical Casualties
  • Decontamination of Chemical Casualties
  • Chemical Defense Equipment

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


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