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A 'how-to' book for medical aid workers - doctors, nurses and paramedics - working in hostile environments (natural disasters, man-made disasters, conflict in all its forms and remote or austere industrial settings). This manual provides information on what is going on, how to get involved, how to get ready, guidance on what to do out there, and how to get home bridging the fields of medicine, nursing international relations, politics, economics and history.
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This guide covers what health care professionals need to know for work in hostile and remote environments. It addresses medicine, preparation, organization and logistics and also advises volunteers on how to keep healthy and stay safe.Review:
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"[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)
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Book Description Springer, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11184800351X
Book Description Springer, 2009. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 2nd edition. 644 pages. 9.50x6.25x1.25 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __184800351X