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Hospital Preparation for Bioterror: A Medical and Biomedical Systems Approach

Jerry L. Mothershead, MD, Reviewer
JAMA. 2008;300(6):736-737. doi:10.1001/jama.300.6.736.
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Hospital Preparation for Bioterror: A Medical and Biomedical Systems Approach is organized into 23 chapters and 9 appendices. The text targets hospital clinicians, administrators, and support personnel. Thirty-five authors contributed, although 2 chapters (“Hospital Syndromic Surveillance” and “Response to SARS as a Prototype for Bioterrorism: Lessons in a Regional Hospital in Hong Kong”) represent the work of nearly one-third. The majority of the remaining chapters have been authored by multidisciplinary professionals practicing in and around Hartford, Connecticut. The title of the text is somewhat misleading, in that chapters concerning other terrorism threats, including chemical agents and radiation, are likewise included. One chapter is dedicated to emergency medical services, and several discuss preparation or response to disasters in a more general fashion.


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