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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 452
 

Bioterrorism: A public health challenge


Department of Community Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi - 1100 01, India

Date of Web Publication13-Sep-2010

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Pankaj Agrawal
Department of Community Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi - 1100 01
India
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How to cite this article:
Agrawal P. Bioterrorism: A public health challenge. Indian J Community Med 2010;35:452

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Agrawal P. Bioterrorism: A public health challenge. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2010 [cited 2020 Mar 31];35:452. Available from: http://www.ijcm.org.in/text.asp?2010/35/3/452/69290


Editor: TK Ray

Publishers: Ahuja Publishing House, New Delhi

Year of Publication: 2007

Pages: 204

Price: Rs. 395

ISBN 81-89443-09-7

Bioterrorism: A Public Health Challenge written by Dr. TK Ray, a medical faculty in community medicine, is undoubtedly a commendable work presenting the various aspects of bioterrorism in a concise, direct, reader-friendly, and stimulating way. The topic is very relevant in the present scenario across the globe, the Southeast Asia region in particular, where political unrest has become a major concern.

This handy hardbound book has an attractive front cover page and is printed on a good quality paper with a comfortable font size and formatting to make the text tangible for readers. The writer provides relevant information without overburdening the reader. Illustrations and tables are used effectively where necessary. The content of the book is well organized to maintain flow and interest of the reader. The first chapter on "General concept and history of bioterrorism" serves to make the topic interesting and build the necessary basics for further understanding. Following four chapters discuss beautifully about various potential bioterrorism agents. This is followed by chapters on "Medical implication of bioterrorism" and "Anti-bioterrorism preparedness and response" completing the purpose to help readers getting oriented toward an action approach. An exhaustive index has been provided for quick reference. By bringing together the relevant information on clinical features, diagnosis, pathogenesis, epidemiology, infection control, decontamination, and treatment it will satisfy not only physicians and public health practitioners but also non-medical people interested in the topic.

The information presented in the book is based on evidences which is reflected in the exhaustive amount of references to stimulate self-interest and thought process of the readers for the topic. However, there are certain shortcomings in the book. At places, there are proofreading mistakes easily coming under notice. Though the author has put a worth effort to discuss the biosafety level of laboratories as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC), USA, the readers are left with the question about their status in the Indian setting. Moreover, a separate chapter could be added on the effects of bioterrorism on livestock and agricultural industries which might have a huge negative economic impact. The printed price of the book also seems to be little higher for the common readers. But overall this is a praiseworthy and courageous effort by an Indian author who has chosen a relatively unadventured but relevant topic in India.




 

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