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Inside the Hot Zone A Soldier on the Front Lines of Biological Warfare

Inside the Hot Zone A Soldier on the Front Lines of Biological Warfare

Author: Mark,G. Kortepeter Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2020

Inside the Hot Zone is an insider's account of one of the deadliest offices on earth: the United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, or USAMRIID for short. Retired U.S. Army Captain Mark G. Kortepeter, MD, a leading biodefense expert, takes the reader with him as he moves from the lecture hall to the role of Department Chief, to the battlefield, to inside the Biosafety Level-4 maximum containment lab, and finally, to the corner office. During his seven and a half years in leadership at USAMRIID, the United States was threatened by the most pivotal events in modern germ warfare, including the 2003 Iraq War's biological weapons fears, the anthrax letters of 2001, and a little-known crisis involving a presumed botulism attack on the President of the United States. Inside the Hot Zone is shocking, frightening, and occasionally amusing as Kortepeter tells the rest of the story - how he and his USAMRIID colleagues handled events related to anthrax, botulism, smallpox, Lassa, and Ebola in a cool and thoughtful manner as they unfolded. A modern-day Hawkeye Pierce, Kortepeter brings a rich and riveting narrative as he wrestles with life and death decisions managing biological weapon exposures. The stories are real, but they could easily serve as plotlines in popular fiction or Hollywood thrillers. He gives the reader a seat at the table as each crisis unfolds, with an unvarnished, deep and personal perspective of the dangers, the drama, the fear, the frustrations, the irony, and the uncertainty encountered as a physician in the role of Biodefender in an unusual and occasionally threatening environment.

Anthrax A History

Anthrax A History

Author: Richard M. Swiderski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2019

Bacillus anthracis - anthrax - had largely faded from public consciousness until it resurfaced as a terrorist weapon in 2001. It was always with us, lurking in the soil and hosted by our livestock. Long before it was identified as a specific bacterium in the late 1800s, anthrax was a catchphrase for a variety of diseases and symptoms, from ancient biblical plagues to a painful carbuncle on George Washington's leg. Only when industrialization turned anthrax into a widespread disease that threatened economies did a true understanding of Bacillus anthracis begin to emerge. This history of anthrax follows the development of our understanding of the disease, beginning in the 18th century, when science began breaking ground on the subject, until the present, when anthrax is feared more as an agent of biowarfare than as a health hazard harbored by the environment. There are three appendices: the first outlines the reaction of Manchester, New Hampshire, to the 2001 anthrax attacks; the second documents workplace warnings to anthrax-prone workers; and the third lists novels that involve anthrax. Bibliographical references are also provided.

Toxic Portents CBRN Incident Management in India

Toxic Portents CBRN Incident Management in India

Author: Dr Ram V Athavale Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2019

India is prone to many natural and manmade disasters. Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) emergencies occur as a result of occupational exposure, fire, industrial explosions, release of toxicants and wastes. CBRN Terrorism is showing its head in many parts of the world and India is at risk too. High visibility events like large public rallies, major sporting events, religious festivals and cultural extravaganzas are all highly vulnerable to CBRN terror strikes. There is an urgent need to educate and train all concerned stakeholders in CBRN risks and threats and to adopt risk mitigation measures. The book brings forth the author's views on CBRN Incident Management in India, especially regarding CBRN governance, response mechanism, special event and critical infrastructure security, CBRN security culture and use of new technologies for effective CBRN risk mitigation. The book intends to acknowledge and extol our strides in this direction and urge all responsible stakeholders to take note and act on the gaps post haste.

Chemical Warfare A Study in Restraints

Chemical Warfare A Study in Restraints

Author: Frederic Joseph Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/06/2019

Why would a nation, in the midst of a vicious and unrestricted war, hesitate to employ a weapon guaranteed to inflict massive casualties on the enemy? Major Frederic Brown offers here the first critical analysis of this curious World War II phenomenon. He investigates the nature of restraints-political, military, economic, and psychological-operative in varying degrees between 1919 and 1945, when U.S. chemical warfare policy was being formed. Starting with the experiences of toxic agent use during World War I, Major Brown shows how various restraints to gas warfare developed during the inter-war years. He then discusses the World War II experience. In the conclusion Major Brown relates his findings to contemporary conflicts and offers important implications for the future of the cold war. Originally published in 1968. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Hidden Atrocities Japanese Germ Warfare and American Obstruction of Justice at the Tokyo Trial

Hidden Atrocities Japanese Germ Warfare and American Obstruction of Justice at the Tokyo Trial

Author: Jeanne Guillemin Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2017

In the aftermath of World War II, the Allied intent to bring Axis crimes to light led to both the Nuremberg trial and its counterpart in Tokyo, the International Military Tribunal of the Far East. Yet the Tokyo trial failed to prosecute Imperial Japanese leaders for the very worst of war crimes: inhumane medical experimentation, including vivisection and open-air pathogen and chemical tests, which rivaled Nazi atrocities, as well as mass attacks using plague, anthrax, and cholera that killed thousands of Chinese civilians. In Hidden Atrocities, Jeanne Guillemin goes behind the scenes at the trial to reveal the American obstruction that denied Japan's victims justice. Responsibility for Japan's secret germ warfare program, organized as Unit 731 in Harbin, China, extended to top government leaders and many respected scientists, all of whom escaped indictment. Instead, motivated by early Cold War tensions, U.S. military intelligence in Tokyo insinuated itself into the Tokyo trial by blocking prosecution access to key witnesses and then classifying incriminating documents. Washington decision makers, supported by the American occupation leader General Douglas MacArthur, sought to acquire Japan's biological warfare expertise to gain an advantage over the Soviet Union, suspected of developing both biological and nuclear weapons. Ultimately, U.S. national security goals left the victims of Unit 731 without vindication. Decades later, evidence of the Unit 731 atrocities still troubles relations between China and Japan. Guillemin's vivid account of the cover-up at the Tokyo trial shows how without guarantees of transparency, power politics can jeopardize international justice, with persistent consequences.

One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare: Research, Deployment, Consequences

One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare: Research, Deployment, Consequences

Author: Bretislav Friedrich Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license. On April 22, 1915, the German military released 150 tons of chlorine gas at Ypres, Belgium. Carried by a long-awaited wind, the chlorine cloud passed within a few minutes through the British and French trenches, leaving behind at least 1,000 dead and 4,000 injured. This chemical attack, which amounted to the first use of a weapon of mass destruction, marks a turning point in world history. The preparation as well as the execution of the gas attack was orchestrated by Fritz Haber, the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry in Berlin-Dahlem. During World War I, Haber transformed his research institute into a center for the development of chemical weapons (and of the means of protection against them). Bretislav Friedrich and Martin Wolf (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, the successor institution of Haber's institute) together with Dieter Hoffmann, Jurgen Renn, and Florian Schmaltz (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) organized an international symposium to commemorate the centenary of the infamous chemical attack. The symposium examined crucial facets of chemical warfare from the first research on and deployment of chemical weapons in WWI to the development and use of chemical warfare during the century hence. The focus was on scientific, ethical, legal, and political issues of chemical weapons research and deployment - including the issue of dual use - as well as the ongoing effort to control the possession of chemical weapons and to ultimately achieve their elimination. The volume consists of papers presented at the symposium and supplemented by additional articles that together cover key aspects of chemical warfare from 22 April 1915 until the summer of 2015.

The Weaponizing of Biology Bioterrorism, Biocrime and Biohacking

The Weaponizing of Biology Bioterrorism, Biocrime and Biohacking

Author: Marc E. Vargo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2017

Focusing on three forms of biological threat - bioterrorism, biocrime and biohacking - the author examines the history of biowarfare and terrorism, including the ideologies and motives of violent extremist organizations. Groups drawn to biological aggression are discussed, along with the array of viruses, bacteria and toxins they might use in their attacks. The phenomenon of biocrime - biological aggression targeting individuals for personal rather than ideological reasons - is explored, along with the growing trend of biohacking, in which citizen scientists conduct bioengineering experiments in home-based and other nontraditional settings. Part II of the text presents case studies of bioterrorism and biocrime from the United States and Japan.

Dis-eases of secrecy Tracing history, memory and justice

Dis-eases of secrecy Tracing history, memory and justice

Author: Brian Rappert, Chandre Gould Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2016

Biological Threats In The 21st Century: The Politics, People, Science And Historical Roots

Biological Threats In The 21st Century: The Politics, People, Science And Historical Roots

Author: Filippa (King's College London, Uk) Lentzos Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2016

Biological Threats in the 21st Century offers a fresh understanding of contemporary biological threats to national security. Readers are introduced to the politics, people, science and historical roots of contemporary biological threats through up-to-date, rigorous and accessible chapters written by leading academics and supplemented by expert point-of-view contributions and interviews.The book provides inspiration and resources for students and researchers, as well as policy makers in government, the public policy sector and the wider community. It is particularly pertinent for those interested in biological disarmament, non-proliferation, counterterrorism and health security.

Biological Threats In The 21st Century: The Politics, People, Science And Historical Roots

Biological Threats In The 21st Century: The Politics, People, Science And Historical Roots

Author: Filippa (King's College London, Uk) Lentzos Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2016

Biological Threats in the 21st Century offers a fresh understanding of contemporary biological threats to national security. Readers are introduced to the politics, people, science and historical roots of contemporary biological threats through up-to-date, rigorous and accessible chapters written by leading academics and supplemented by expert point-of-view contributions and interviews.The book provides inspiration and resources for students and researchers, as well as policy makers in government, the public policy sector and the wider community. It is particularly pertinent for those interested in biological disarmament, non-proliferation, counterterrorism and health security.

Chemical Warfare Toxicology Complete Set

Chemical Warfare Toxicology Complete Set

Author: Horst (Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Germany) Thiermann Format: Undefined Release Date: 30/04/2016

Despite ongoing efforts to prohibit the production, storage and use of chemical warfare agents recent world events highlight the enduring threat to the population from these agents. Research efforts in various countries have resulted in novel insights into chemical warfare toxicology that has enabled the development of new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of chemical warfare poisoning. This two-volume set provides an up-to-date treatise on the ongoing research into the toxicology of chemical warfare agents, the diagnosis and verification of exposure, and the pre- and post-exposure treatment of poisoning. Focussing on the most important representative nerve and blistering agents, whilst also covering other potential chemical warfare agents, these books will give the reader a comprehensive overview of the many different aspects of chemical warfare agent toxicology. The texts will appeal to toxicologists, biochemists and weapons specialists working in industry and academia, and anyone with an interest in chemical warfare toxicology or exposure.

Chemical Warfare A Study in Restraints

Chemical Warfare A Study in Restraints

Author: Frederic Joseph Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2015

Why would a nation, in the midst of a vicious and unrestricted war, hesitate to employ a weapon guaranteed to inflict massive casualties on the enemy? Major Frederic Brown offers here the first critical analysis of this curious World War II phenomenon. He investigates the nature of restraints-political, military, economic, and psychological-operative in varying degrees between 1919 and 1945, when U.S. chemical warfare policy was being formed. Starting with the experiences of toxic agent use during World War I, Major Brown shows how various restraints to gas warfare developed during the inter-war years. He then discusses the World War II experience. In the conclusion Major Brown relates his findings to contemporary conflicts and offers important implications for the future of the cold war. Originally published in 1968. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.