The scientific basis of disaster medicine

  • S. W. A. Gunn


While sharing the most elemental cause — the thermal factor — burns and fire disasters have long been considered separately, on the one hand as a purely clinical medical problem, and on the other as a societal, environmental problem. It is becoming increasingly evident that there is close interrelationship between the two at all levels — prevention, response, care, management and rehabilitation — and such rapprochement cannot but strengthen the efficiency and efficacy of all concerned. This paper proposes a scientific basis for disaster medicine, in which more burn surgeons are becoming involved.


Natural Disaster Disaster Management Disaster Preparedness Relief Operation Fire Disaster 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. W. A. Gunn
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Mediterranean Burns ClubItaly
  2. 2.Emergency Relief Operations of the World Health OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland

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