1st Edition

Making Sense of Disaster Medicine: A Hands-on Guide for Medics

By Alan Hawley, James Matheson Copyright 2010
    336 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Disaster medicine is a broad and dynamic field that encompasses the medical and surgical response to mass casualty incidents including rail, air, and road traffic accidents; domestic terrorism; and pandemic outbreaks. It also encompasses the global issues of conflict and natural catastrophe. Specialists in disaster medicine provide insight, guidance, and expertise on the principles and practice of medicine both in the disaster impact area and healthcare evacuation-receiving facilities. They liaise with emergency management professionals, hospitals, healthcare facilities, communities, and governments.

    With contributions by international authorities in the field, Making Sense of Disaster Medicine: A Hands-on Guide for Medics is an accessible text designed for all medical students and professionals who may find themselves responding to such incidents. Part of the highly successful Making Sense series, the book features an easy-to-read layout and boxed sections with "learning points," "thinking points," "pearls of wisdom," and "hazards." Each chapter concludes with a summary and list of key resources and case studies further enhance the text.

    Disaster Medicine: Evolution of a Specialty
    The Medical Response to Domestic Terrorism and Major Incident Management
    Managing National Mass Casualty Incidents
    Classification of Disasters
    Pre- and Post-Deployment
    Medicine in the Field
    Surgery in Disasters
    Psychological Aspects of Conflict and Catastrophe
    Marginalized Groups in Disasters
    Healthcare in Refugee Populations
    The Realities of War
    The Hazards of the Job
    The Ethics of Disaster Medicine
    Electives in the Developing World


    Dr James IDM Matheson MBBS, BA (Hons), Academic Foundation Programme, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Catastrophes & Conflict Forum, Royal Society of Medicine, Faculty of Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine, Society of Apothecaries, London

    Professor Alan Hawley, OBE QHP, Professor of Disaster Medicine, Professor of Disaster Studies and Director of the Disasters and Resilience Centre, University of Glamorgan