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Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents
Military Chemical and Toxic Industrial Agents



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ISBN 9781032137230
December 10, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
448 Pages 427 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

The Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents: Military Chemical and Toxic Industrial Agents, Third Edition provides rapid access to key data to response professionals and decision-makers on a broad range of agents and pathogens.

This volume examines military chemical agents that were developed for their lethal effects and includes chapters on nerve agents, vesicants, urticants, convulsants, blood agents, and pulmonary agents. It also details toxic industrial materials that are considered potential threat for use as improvised agents.

In addition to a discussion of each of these classes of agents, coverage includes detailed information on a broad spectrum of individual agents that have been used on the battlefield, stockpiled as weapons, used or threatened to be used by terrorists, or have been otherwise assessed by qualified law enforcement and response organizations and determined to be agents of significant concern

The information presented in this edition has been updated and expanded; containing more information on toxicology, health effects, chemical and physical properties of individual agents, as well as protective actions needed at the scene of an incident.

Key Features:

  • Focuses on key information needed during an emergency response
  • Provides updated toxicology, exposure hazards, physical-chemical data, and best practices with regard to the treatment of casualties
  • Presents updated protective action distances, decontamination, and remediation information

All data compiled is gathered from numerous sources and arranged into the current, easy-to-access format. In order to ensure accuracy, all data has been cross-checked over the widest variety of military, scientific and medical sources available. The Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents: Military Chemical and Toxic Industrial Agents, Third Edition remains the gold-standard reference detailing the widest variety of military, scientific, and medical sources available.

Table of Contents

I. Nerve Agents 1. Organophosphorus Nerve Agents 2. Carbamate Nerve Agents II. Vesicant/Urticant Agents 3. Sulfur and Nitrogen Vesicant Agents 4. Arsenic Vesicant Agents 5. Urticants III. Toxic Agents 6. Bicyclophosphate Convulsants 7. COX Inhibiting Blood Agents 8. Arsine Blood Agents 9. Carbon Monoxide Blood Agents 10. Pulmonary Agents 11. Industrial Materials

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Biography

D. Hank Ellison served in the United States Army as a chemical officer and has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as both a remedial project manager and federal on-scene coordinator under the Superfund Program. He currently is president of Cerberus & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in response to technological disasters. As a private consultant, Ellison has responded to hazardous material incidents involving highly poisonous materials, chemical fires, water reactive substances, and shock-sensitive materials throughout the state of Michigan. He has provided chemical and biological counterterrorism training to members of emergency medical service (EMS) units, hazardous materials (hazmat) teams, police special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams, and explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) teams. During the anthrax events of 2001, he helped state and local governments as well as Fortune 500 companies to develop and implement response plans for biological threats. He currently advises clients on issues of hazardous materials, and related safety and security concerns.

He also served as a safety officer and then the training officer for the United States Department of Health and Human Services DMORT-WMD emergency response team, which has the primary mission for recovery and decontamination of fatalities contaminated with radiological, biological or chemical materials. He deployed with the team to New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Mr. Ellison holds an MS degree in chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. His graduate research involved methods to synthesize poisons extracted from Colombian poison-dart frogs. He holds a BS in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to his works on weapons of mass destruction, he is the author of Chemical Warfare During the Vietnam War: Riot Control Agents in Combat, published in 2011, as well as a chapter on the hazardous properties of materials in Managing Hazardous Materials: A Definitive Text published in 2002.