Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine - A Practical Guide provides a framework for use by health professionals visiting a resource-constrained environment. Encompassing problems brought about by local conflict or natural disasters, the book covers preparation, organisation, logistics, treatment of major trauma and medical emergencies, and the special problems of delivering medicine in a hostile environment.
Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine - A Practical Guide comprehensively tackles:
- self-preparation of health professionals to face a range of medical and related problems which occur in hostile and remote environments;
- war and disaster medicine, covering acute management, rehabilitation, reconstruction and prevention;
- bridging the fields of medicine, nursing, international relations, history, politics and economics.
The book also touches on nutrition, infection, trauma, psychiatry and psychological medicine and training.
James Ryan, Leonard Cheshire Professor of Conflict Recovery, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK Peter F Mahoney, Consultant Anaesthetist and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Conflict Medicine, Leonard Cheshire Centre, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK Ian Greaves, Lecturer in Conflict Medicine, Leonard Cheshire Centre, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK Gavin Bowyer, Consultant in Orthopaedic Surgery, Southampton General Hospital, UK.
Springer London; December 2012
- ISBN: 9781447102151
- Edition: 1
- Read online, or download in DRM-free PDF (digitally watermarked) format
- Title: Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine
- Author: James Ryan (ed.); Peter F. Mahoney (ed.); Ian Greaves (ed.); Gavin Bowyer (ed.)
In The Press
From the reviews of 1st edition:
"[T]akes a welcome step towards collating essential knowledge, both theoretical and practical, for healthcare workers contemplating humanitarian work." (Douglas M. Bowley, JRSM, September 2002, vol 95, 472-473 )
"[R]epresents and ambitious project with a broad scope of interests. Few books take health care providers through every step of relief work, from contemplating their own motivations and suitability for the task and packing safe and practical clothing. Alternately handbook and reference book, this collection offers advise for settings in which the ‘medicine is often more straightforward than the logistics.’ It should prove most useful for providers who are inexperienced in rendering health care outside of the traditional hospital or clinic setting, whatever their level of training." (Rebecca S. Newton, NEJM, 13.03.2003, 1070-71)
"[A] very useful book for all physicians, nurses and paramedics, as well as other medical professionals who consider or plan to join the ranks of many thousands of humanitarian aid workers. This book would also be an excellent entry-level course book for various introductory courses, workshops and other educational activities. [T]his book takes an enormous step in helping to understand and act in appropriate manner. I certainly would pack this book along next time I go." (Ari Leppaniemi, Scandinavian Journal of Surgery, March 2002, vol 91, 127-128)
"I strongly recommend it for any student considering an elective, doctor considering a post-graduate posting or brief locum in an area of conflict, or administrator working with a humanitarian organization. It is an excellent book which could be made even better in a second edition." (Michael Jones, Tropical Doctor, April 2003, vol 33, 125)