Medical Consequences of Radiological and Nuclear Weapons (ePub eBook)

Medical Consequences of Radiological and Nuclear Weapons (ePub eBook)
Medical Consequences of Radiological and Nuclear Weapons (ePub eBook)
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An updated version of the 1989 Textbooks of Military Medicine (TMM), this volume addresses nuclear events and their consequences for the medical community. Topics covered include acute radiation syndrome, triage and treatment of radiation and combined-injury mass casualties, treatment of internal radionuclide contamination, behavioral and neurophysiological consequences of radiation exposure, cytogenetic biodosimetry, and more. This book is intended to increase the level of preparedness and response capability of military and civilian practitioners responsible for chemical casualty care.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Contributors xi
Foreword by The Surgeon General xiii
Preface xv
1. Radiological Events and Their Consequences 1
Charles R. Woodruff Jr, Leonard A. Alt, C. Douglas Forcino, and Richard I. Walker
2. Acute Radiation Syndrome in Humans 17
Ronald E. Goans and Daniel F. Flynn
3. Triage and Treatment of Radiation and Combined-Injury Mass Casualties 39
Daniel F. Flynn and Ronald E. Goans
4. Treatment of Internal Radionuclide Contamination 73
John F. Kalinich
5. Therapy for Bacterial Infections Following Ionizing Radiation Injury 83
Thomas B. Elliott and G. David Ledney
6. Early-Phase Biological Dosimetry 101
William F. Blakely
7. Behavioral and Neurophysiological Consequences of Radiation Exposure 127
Andre Obenaus, G. Andrew Mickley, Victor Bogo, Bruce R. West, and Jacob Raber
8. Psychological Issues in a Radiological or Nuclear Attack 171
Steven M. Becker
9. Late and Low-Level Effects of Ionizing Radiation 195
Alexandra C. Miller, Merriline Satyamitra, Shilpa Kulkarni, and Thomas Walden,
10. Radiological Considerations in Medical Operations 217
John P. Madrid
11. Perspectives in Radiological and Nuclear Countermeasures 239
K. Sree Kumar, Juliann G. Kiang, Mark H. Whitnall, and Martin Hauer-Jensen
12. Cytogenetic Biodosimetry 267
Pataje G.S. Prasanna, and C. Norman Coleman
Abbreviations and Acronyms xvii
Index xix



This textbook is intended to be educational for military healthcare providers, nuclear scientists, and first responders. The content may also be useful to some civilian healthcare providers as well.


2014 Medical Book Awards (by the American Medical Writers Association)
Category: Physicians, Title Received: Honorable Mention

More About the Book from the Borden Institute:

Fort Sam Houston, TX, February 15, 2013 – As technology advances, so too does weaponry. Given modern threats of radiological and nuclear terrorism, and in light of recent natural disasters that have resulted in catastrophes such as occurred at the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, The Surgeon General of the US Army saw fit to revise and update a previous Textbook of Military Medicine on the medical management of radiological and nuclear casualties.

In Medical Consequences of Radiological and Nuclear Weapons, newly released by the Borden Institute, subject-matter experts detail the medical management aspects providers must consider when faced with large-scale radiological or nuclear events.

According to The US Army Surgeon General, Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho:

“Weapons of mass destruction and natural disasters pose potential threats to our military forces and their families. Military medicine must be prepared to sustain the force in any environment and ensure they meet the challenges presented by the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threat.”

This textbook, which includes chapters such as Triage and Treatment of Radiation and Combined-Injury Mass Casualties, Therapy for Bacterial Infections Following Ionizing Radiation Injury, Early-Phase Biological Dosimetry, and Psychological Issues in a Radiological or Nuclear Attack, is intended to provide military and civilian medical providers and planners with the tools they need to successfully react to a radiological or nuclear event.

About the Author:

Colonel, Medical Corps, US Army, Director of Military Medical Operations, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

About the Borden Institute:

The Borden Institute, Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S), publishes the Textbooks of Military Medicine.  The volumes in the series (now numbering 24) constitute a comprehensive treatise on the art and science of military medicine, covering such diverse topics as biological and chemical warfare, military preventive medicine, military medical ethics, combat and operational behavioral health, harsh environments, and care of combat injuries.

Other Borden Institute products include volumes on military medical history, monographs, and specialty titles such as Emergency War Surgery.

Borden Institute has published seven books that have won a combined eleven publishing awards: War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007; Pediatric Surgery and Medicine for Hostile Environments; Medical Aspects of Biological Warfare; The Walter Reed Army Medical Center Centennial, A Pictorial History, 1909-2009; Answering The Call: The U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1917-1919: A commemorative Tribute to Military Nursing in world War I;  Anesthesia and Perioperative Care of the Combat Casualty; and Legacy of Excellence, The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 1862-2011.

Product Details

US Department of Defense, US Army, Borden Institute
  • Colonel Anthony B. Mickelson, MD, Boreen Institute
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