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Treatment of biological warfare agent casualties (US Navy)

Treatment of biological warfare agent casualties (US Navy) – http://www.med.navy.mil/directives/Pub/5042.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are the symptoms of inhalation anthrax?
  • What is the prognosis for Melioidosis?
  • What are some lesser known but deadly agents I can have characters exposed to?


From the Preface:

This publication serves as a guide and a reference for trained members of the Armed Forces Medical Services and other medically qualified personnel on the recognition and treatment of biological warfare (BW) agent casualties. Information contained in this publication may also be relevant for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with naturally acquired diseases or illnesses due to pathogens with BW potential.

a. This publication

(1) Classifies and describes potential BW agents.
(2) Provides procedures for collecting, handling and labeling, shipping, and identifying
potential BW agents.
(3) Describes procedures for medical diagnosing, treating, and management of BW casualties.
(4) Describes medical management and treatment in BW operations.

The narrative text concludes with a glossary, references and an index.

Agents covered in this text are:

Bacterial Agents

  • Anthrax
  • Brucellosis
  • Melioidosis
  • Glanders
  • Plague
  • Q Fever
  • Tularemia

Viral Agents

  • Smallpox
  • Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers


  • Clostridium Botulinum Toxin
  • Clostridium Perfringens Toxins
  • Ricin
  • Saxitoxin
  • Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B
  • Trichothecene Mycotoxins

Medical Consequences of Radiological and Nuclear Weapons (2013)

Medical Consequences of Radiological and Nuclear Weapons (2013)

(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/839671645)

(PDF: http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/borden/Portlet.aspx?id=b3cb37ed-08e7-4617-a40c-f148ee3d2303)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Why can retina burn happen after a nuclear blast?
  • How long can a radiation exposed person feel better before you know he’s out of the woods?
  • What can diarrhea tell us about radiation levels received?
  • What’s the life expectancy of a person diagnosed with radiation induced neurovascular subsyndrome?
  • How can you triage people after a mass casualty nuclear event?
  • How many calories will a catabolic critically ill radiation casualty require?


This book is divided into the following sections:

Front Matter

  1. Radiological Events and Their Consequences
  2. Acute Radiation Syndrome in Humans
  3. Triage and Treatment of Radiation and Combined-Injury Mass Casualties
  4. Treatment of Internal Radionuclide Contamination
  5. Therapy for Bacterial Infections Following Ionizing Radiation Injury
  6. Early-Phase Biological Dosimetry
  7. Behavioral and Neurophysiological Consequences of Radiation Exposure
  8. Psychological Issues in a Radiological or Nuclear Attack
  9. Late and Low-Level Effects of Ionizing Radiation
  10. Radiological Considerations in Medical Operations
  11. Perspectives in Radiological and Nuclear Countermeasures
  12. Cytogenetic Biodosimetry

Abbreviations and Acronyms


This book may also be downloaded as an epub or mobi file. This would seem to be the go to resource for stories involving nuclear incidents.

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.

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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