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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.


Textbooks of Military Medicine

Textbooks of Military Medicine – http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/borden/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How can lack of sleep contribute to a friendly fire incident?
  • How long can the average person go without sleep and still be effective?
  • How can a prosthetic leg be set up to allow someone to bicycle?
  • How do you decontaminate someone exposed to chemical warfare agents?
  • How does the military measure eye trauma?
  • Where can I get detailed information about decompression sickness?


To get to the textbooks, you’ll need to click on one of the Textbooks of Military Medicine links, which will take you to http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/borden/Portlet.aspx?id=82200b57-a7a4-4160-bb51-4a086dd6ccce.

This page links to the full text of the textbook series in reverse chronological order by publishing date. To help you focus on topics, here is my effort to group them by topic:



Environmental Aspects


Nuclear/Chemical/Biological Warfare

Physical Injury

Preventive Medicine


Each book is presented as a web page with PDF files for chapters and/or sections. If this format is uncomfortable for you, these books ought to be available through your library, at least through interlibrary loan. Some of the books are available for purchase, others are out of print.

Be warned that some of the volumes have disturbing photographs, as one might expect from medical textbooks.

If you are a regular writer of war stories, I would highly recommend keeping all of these volumes bookmarked or buying as many of the physical volumes as possible.

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