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Med J Armed Forces India. 2002 April; 58(2): 177.
Published online 2011 July 21. doi:  10.1016/S0377-1237(02)80064-8
PMCID: PMC4923922

Emergency Medical Services & Disaster Management – A Holistic Approach

Reviewed by A CHAKRAVARTI

This book is a concise and contemporaneous treatise on the subject. The editors have judiciously and wisely collated various concepts and issues of this multidimensional and vital aspect of medical care. The inclusion of articles by both foreign and Indian authors brings to the book the unique perspective of development and operationalizing of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Management The perspective is global but imaginatively incorporates the local variables.

The wide canvas of topics covers elaborately the development of the specialty of Emergency Medicine, National Accident Policy, planning, organizing, operational and management implications of Emergency Medical Services, record keeping, legal and ethical connotations, costing of Emergency Medical Services and quality improvement amongst others. The latter chapters of the book are dedicated to the burning topic of management of disasters including contemporary issues of telemedicine, hospital networking and NBC scenario.

The book lives upto its promise of providing a holistic approach to this new speciality of Emergency Medicine and is recommended for health planners, policy makers, healthcare organisations and other agencies involved in this service. The book will be an invaluable guide to students, practitioners and administrators of healthcare institutions in addition to the specific Emergency Medical facilities. It should find a place in the reference section of all hospitals and medical college libraries in addition to its attractiveness for the disparate agencies involved nationally and at the state level in the Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Management.


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