Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine

A Practical Guide

  • Adriaan P. C. C. Hopperus Buma
  • David G. Burris
  • Alan Hawley
  • James M. Ryan
  • Peter F. Mahoney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction: Players and Paradigms

    1. David R. Steinbruner
      Pages 3-3
    2. David R. Steinbruner
      Pages 13-15
    3. Alan Hawley
      Pages 17-30
    4. M. Kett, A. van Tulleken, Martin C. M. Bricknell, T. Spicer, K. Morland, Bob Mark
      Pages 31-73
    5. David R. Steinbruner, Martin C. M. Bricknell, Robin Cordell, David C. Mcloughlin
      Pages 75-88
    6. Daloni A. Carlisle
      Pages 89-100
    7. Steven A. Bland, Iain C. Grant, Sundeep Dhillon
      Pages 101-121
  3. Disasters, Public Health, and Populations

    1. Tony Redmond, Steven A. Bland
      Pages 125-149
    2. Martin C.M. Bricknell
      Pages 177-187
    3. Martin C. M. Bricknell, Gareth Moore
      Pages 189-195
    4. Alan Hawley
      Pages 223-239
    5. Maarten Hoejenbos, Adriaan Hopperus Buma
      Pages 251-260
    6. David R Steinbruner
      Pages 261-263
  4. Introduction: Living and Working

    1. David R. Steinbruner, Steve Mannion, David R. Steinbruner, Kenneth I. Roberts
      Pages 267-286
    2. Garry M. Vardon-Smith, Kenneth I. Roberts, Kenneth I. Roberts, Bob Mark
      Pages 287-314
    3. Luke J. Staveley-Wadham, David R. Steinbruner
      Pages 315-322
    4. John F. Navein, Simon J. O'Neill
      Pages 323-344
    5. Ian P. Palmer, Richard Williams, David Alexander, David R. Steinbruner
      Pages 345-376
  5. Introduction: Hospitals and Health Systems

    1. Martin C.M. Bricknell, Roderick J. Heatlie
      Pages 397-403
    2. Martin C. M. Bricknell, D. F. Thompson
      Pages 405-412
    3. David R. Steinbruner
      Pages 413-413
  6. Introduction: Clinical Care

    1. Walter Henny, Adriaan Hopperus Buma, Ralph de Wit, James M. Ryan, David G. Burris, Adam Brooks et al.
      Pages 417-492
    2. David G. Burris, Manolis Gavalas, Claire Walford, Shautek Nazeer
      Pages 493-526
    3. Charles Cox, Hervinder Kaur
      Pages 527-540
    4. M. Gavalas, S. Nazeer, Claire Walford, A. Christodoulides
      Pages 541-551
  7. Introduction: Resources

    1. James I D M Matheson, Adriaan Hopperus Buma
      Pages 571-589
    2. Timothy Healing
      Pages 591-595
    3. Martin C. M. Bricknell, Donald F. Thompson
      Pages 611-612
    4. Ken Millar
      Pages 613-618
    5. James I. D. M. Matheson
      Pages 619-624
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 625-644

About this book


The second revised, expanded and updated edition of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine: A Practical Guide provides a framework for use by health professionals visiting a resource-constrained environment. Since the first edition was written in 2002, there have been seismic changes following on from the terrorist assault on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. The Middle East, the Far East and parts of Africa are convulsed by conflict, much of them verging on civil war. Further, natural disasters of staggering scale have occurred since the first edition –Tsunamis in South East Asia, Earthquakes in Iran, Turkey, and Pakistan and a monster Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. The working environment for the prospective humanitarian volunteer has changed forever.

Encompassing problems brought about by local conflict or natural disasters, this 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.
Other topics covered include nutrition, infection, trauma, psychiatry and psychological medicine and training.

James M Ryan Leonard Cheshire Professor at UCL, London, UK

Alan Hawley OBE Director, Conflict and Catastrophe Faculty at Society of Apothecaries & Major General DGAMS, UK

David Burris Professor & Chairman, Department of Surgery, United Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA

Adriaan Hopperus-Buma Netherlands Convenor for Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes (DMMC). Medical Services, Royal Netherlands Navy, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Peter F Mahoney OBE Consultant in Anaesthetics and Resuscitation, Defence Medical Services, Birmingham, UK


Surgery Trauma ballistics conflict medicine disaster medicine emergency medicine humanitarian aid military medicine recovery relief medicine trauma medicine war

Editors and affiliations

  • Adriaan P. C. C. Hopperus Buma
    • 1
  • David G. Burris
    • 2
  • Alan Hawley
    • 3
  • James M. Ryan
    • 4
    • 2
  • Peter F. Mahoney
    • 5
  1. 1.Inspector General Military Health CareMinistry of Defence (MOD NL)The Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Former Army Staff CollegeCamberleyUK
  4. 4.St George's University of LondonTootingUK
  5. 5.Royal Centre for Defence MedicineBirminghamUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84800-351-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84800-352-1
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