© 2002

Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine

A Practical Guide

  • James Ryan
  • Peter F. Mahoney
  • Ian Greaves
  • Gavin Bowyer
  • A practical guide for medical aid personnel working in conflicts, catastrophes and remote areas Provides background knowledge of the 'climate' in which medical aid is delivered, explains how to get involved, how to stay safe, the differences in remote medicine, and how to get home and re-adjust


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Medical Intervention and the World We Live In

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alan Hawley
      Pages 11-25
    3. Peter J. Baxter
      Pages 27-48
    4. Jim Ryan, David Childs
      Pages 49-53
    5. Robert C. Mark, Roger Diggle, Iain C. Grant
      Pages 55-82
    6. Cara Macnab, Deborah R. Aspögard, David Morgan-Jones
      Pages 101-113
  3. The Process and Related Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Stephen Mannion, Eddie Chaloner, Claire Walford
      Pages 117-130
    3. Jane Zuckerman
      Pages 131-139
    4. C. J. Blunden, Campbell MacFarlane
      Pages 141-149
    5. Jeff Green
      Pages 151-158
  4. Planning, Related Issues and Clinical Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Cara Macnab, Peter F. Mahoney
      Pages 177-180
    3. Campbell MacFarlane
      Pages 181-192
    4. John F. Navein, Simon J. O’Neill, Craig H. Llewellyn
      Pages 193-211
    5. John F. Navein, Simon J. O’Neill
      Pages 213-234

About this book


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.


Disaster medicine Trauma communication conflict medicine humanitarian aid military medicine orthopaedics recovery rehabilitation relief medicine trauma medicine war

Editors and affiliations

  • James Ryan
    • 1
  • Peter F. Mahoney
    • 1
  • Ian Greaves
    • 1
  • Gavin Bowyer
    • 2
  1. 1.Leonard Cheshire Centre of Conflict RecoveryRoyal Free and University College Medical School Academic Division of Surgical SpecialtiesLondon
  2. 2.Southampton General HospitalSouthampton

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Internal Medicine & Dermatology


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)