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Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents

2nd Edition

By D. Hank Ellison, D. Hank Ellison

CRC Press

800 pages | 436 B/W Illus.

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Extensively revised and updated, this second edition of the bestselling Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents goes well beyond the “dirty thirty” commonly discussed agents and provides rapid access to a wide range of agents that can be used as weapons. This edition incorporates additional classes of agents, expands existing classes, and increases the number of agents described. Expanding the scope of the original, this edition is rich with scientific data and provides more information on the chemical, physical, and biological properties of these agents and their health effects.

Highly organized and cross-referenced to provide instant access to the most authoritative data, this handbook is divided into classes based on the common military groupings of chemical, biological, and toxin agents. Additional classes are provided where the divisions are too broad for appropriate identification, along with classes for non-traditional agents and improvised industrial materials. At the end of each class section is detailed technical information about individual agents, components, precursors, and decomposition products within that class.

Employing four indices along with the handbook’s own identification number, each entry follows a standard format for that class including toxicology, characteristics, hazards, protection, and medical response. Other information is provided where applicable such as chemical formula, routes of exposure, medicinal uses, threat or treaty listing, and descriptions of the disease as it appears in humans, animals, and plants. All values are based on a “standard” man model to allow for consistency of data and evaluations.

Still the gold-standard reference in the field, Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents, Second Edition raises the bar in terms of both quality and quantity and assures accuracy across the widest variety of military, scientific, and medical sources available.

Reviews

”A modern bible of biological and chemical agents that can be used in formal or undeclared war. If you are interested in this subject, you must have this useful reference text.”

Journal of American Association of Forensic Dentists, October 2007

"I recommend this book as an excellent reference text in the area of chemical and biological agents."

—Jarrad R. Wagner, Ph.D., writing in Journal of Forensic Science

" … a superb summary of a wide variety of both chemical and biological warfare agents."

—Jonathan Borak, M.D., writing in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Table of Contents

Nerve Agents

Organophosphorus Nerve Agents

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Decontamination

Medical

Fatality Management

Carbamate Nerve Agents

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Vesicant/Urticant Agents

Sulfur and Nitrogen Vesicants

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Arsenic Vesicants

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Urticants

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Toxic Agents

Bicyclophosphate Convulsants

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

COX Inhibiting Blood Agents

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Arsine Blood Agents

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Carbon Monoxide Blood Agents

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Pulmonary Agents

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Toxic Industrial Agents

General Information

Toxicology

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Incapacitation and Riot Control Agents

Incapacitating Agents

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Irritating and Lachrymatory Agents

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Vomiting/Sternatory Agents

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Malodorants

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Biological Agents

Toxins

General Information

Toxicology

Characteristics

Additional Hazards

Protection

Medical

Fatality Management

Bacterial Pathogens

General Information

Response

Fatality Management

Viral Pathogens

General Information

Response

Fatality Management

Rickettsial Pathogens

General Information

Response

Fatality Management

Fungal Pathogens

General Information

Response

Fatality Management

Additional Information

Alphanumeric Indices

Additional References

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HOM021000
HOUSE & HOME / Security
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science