Field Guide to Global Health & Disaster Medicine

By James A. Chambers, MD, MPH&TM, FACS, FCS(ECSA), CPE
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While serving as a physician overseas in resource-poor countries, Dr. James Chambers recognized the need for a practical, portable reference for non-specialist healthcare providers to orient them to common issues when serving in new situations, whether due to geography, austere environments, or complex humanitarian disasters. Field Guide to Global Health and Disaster Medicine draws on the experience, training, and perspectives of committed healthcare providers from diverse nations and backgrounds to provide the most essential information for maximum utility in the field-whether in a refugee camp, operating room, disaster response scene, or other demanding environment.

Key Features
  • Helps providers prepare for service overseas, organize data to develop differential diagnoses, assimilate information on infectious and environmental diseases, and effectively serve the patients they will encounter. 

  • Provides concise, easy-to-read coverage of how to approach a differential diagnosis for infectious diseases overseas; nutritional, sexual, and environmental conditions; surgical and anesthesia care; long-term and short-term systems-based challenges, and more. 

  • Covers key topics such as Approach to Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, Medical Response to Disasters, Mental Health in War and Crisis Regions, and Considerations for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. 

  • Acknowledges the wide variance of different cultures, motives, resources, and limitations in the global health arena, and helps readers understand the factors which impact the efficacy and sustainability of care strategies. 

  • Enhanced eBook version included with purchase, which allows you to access all of the text, figures, and references from the book on a variety of devices.

ISBN 9780323794121
Product Format Book
Publication Date 2021
Author Information By James A. Chambers, MD, MPH&TM, FACS, FCS(ECSA), CPE, Colonel, US Air Force, MC, SFS, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Published Reviews "The book is an excellent resource for all healthcare providers who anticipate or find themselves caring for vulnerable people whether they be refugees, immigrants, displaced persons, or victims of a major weather event, earthquake, or conflict.” - ©Doody's Review Service, 2021, Anna A Helm, BS, MPH (Multnomah County) Doody's Score: 90 - 4 Stars!
Table of Content
  1. Before You Leave Home: Immunizations and Preventive Measures for Travel
  2. Global Infectious Diseases: Four Steps Toward a Differential Diagnosis
  3. Specific Infectious Diseases
  4. Laboratory Techniques and Procedures
  5. Nutritional Diseases of Low- and Middle-Income Countries
  6. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  7. Bites and Stings
  8. Global Toxicology
  9. Environmental Diseases and Injuries
  10. Public Health and Field Epidemiology
  11. Refugees and Internally-Displaced Persons
  12. Austere Surgery and Anesthesia
  13. Mental Health in Crisis Regions
  14. Radiological, Biological, and Chemical Agents
  15. Medical Response to Disasters
  16. Considerations for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
  17. Strengthening and Supporting Health Systems
Publication Date 04-06-2021
Pages 400
Trim 229 x 152 (6 x 9)
Stock Status In Stock
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