Introduction.- Toxic trauma: an historical perspective.- The classification and properties of toxic hazards.- Properties of toxic chemical agents.- Exposure to toxic hazards.- Responding to chemical releases: essentials of organization and incident management.- The pathophysiology of toxic trauma.- The clinical presentation of toxic trauma: assessment and diagnosis.- The treatment of toxic trauma.- The longer term consequences of toxic trauma.- Preparing for toxic trauma.-Appendices
David Baker studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital and worked as a consultant in anaesthesia for the Paris emergency medical service (SAMU) at the Necker University Hospital, specializing in the management of mass toxic incidents. From 2004 he has also worked as a consultant medical toxicologist for the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards of the United Kingdom Health Protection Agency. Since 2005 he has lectured as a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School and is currently a visiting senior lecturer in medical toxicology at King's College, London. Currently projects include advising the UK government on the provision of advanced emergency care in chemically - contaminated zones, the management of pulmonary injury following toxic agent exposure and investigation of the longer term problems of pesticide poisoning in Sri Lanka. He has lectured in over 40 countries around the world and is the author of numerous journal articles, monographs and textbook chapters. He is a Board Member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine and has consulted for the World Health Organisation and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Selected as "Highly Commended" in Public Health at BMA Medical Book Awards for 2015. "'This book is helpful for someone who had no previous knowledge of toxic trauma. ... This would be ideal for someone to understand the basic theoretical principles of toxic trauma. ... The book provides an easy to read overview, which achieves this objective.'" (BMA Medical Book Awards, September, 2015) "The purpose is to describe toxic hazards, their presentations, their consequences, and strategies to manage them. ... the book is aimed at both those who are learning the basics of toxicology and those who are more seasoned practitioners of toxicology who are hoping to design or improve a system to recognize and respond to toxic threats. ... This book excels as a reference for those interested in learning about and designing systems to better handle toxic trauma." (Michael D. Zwank, Doody's Book Reviews, October, 2014) "Toxic Trauma is a welcome addition to the literature. ... Although written for clinicians, the book contains chapters that should be read by administrators and other health care professionals to ensure they understand and can inform the public in a balanced manner about the logistic considerations, and widespread consequences across systems when an event does occur. Any health care library should consider this book an essential text." (Michael Nurok, American Journal of Disaster Medicine, disastermedicinejournal.org, Vol. 9 (3), 2014)