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Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents

By: , Posted on: March 18, 2015

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FIGURE 2.3 US Army captain wearing a gas mask in training, 1917.

At present, more than 25 countries possess chemical warfare agents (CWAs), and many other countries and terrorist groups are seeking to obtain them because of their easy access. Some of these agents are stored in enormous quantities and their destruction and remediation are not only expensive but also associated with significant health risks.

Expanding on the ground-breaking first edition, the new chapters within the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents are enriched with historical background as well as the latest information and up-to-date references. The book covers every aspect of deadly toxic chemicals used in conflicts, warfare and terrorism. Including findings from experimental as well as clinical studies, this essential reference offers in-depth coverage of individual toxicants, target organ toxicity, major incidents, toxic effects in humans, animals and wildlife, biosensors and biomarkers, on-site and laboratory analytical methods, decontamination and detoxification procedures, and countermeasures.

handbook of toxicology of chemical warfare agentsWith 76 chapters, this book serves as a reference source for biologists, toxicologists, pharmacologists, forensic scientists, analytical chemists, local/state/federal officials in the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Defense Research Establishments, Department of Veterans Affairs, physicians at medical and veterinary emergency care units of hospitals, poison control centers, medical and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, environmentalists and wildlife interest groups, researchers in the areas of nuclear,  chemical, and biological agents, and college and university libraries.

Take a look inside the book with this sample chapter! Let us know what you think about chapter 6, entitled “Epidemiology of Chemical Warfare Agents.”

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About the Editor

ramesh guptaDr. Ramesh C. Gupta, Professor and Head of the Toxicology Department at Murray State University, is engaged in experimental brain research in relation to Alzheimer(s) disease (AD) and pesticide toxicity. He has delivered lectures in Australia, Italy, Japan, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republic, China, South Korea, and Sweden. He served the panels of NIH, CDC, NIOSH, and NAS.

He has >350 publications to his credit, including six major books: (1) Toxicology of Organophosphate and Carbamate Compounds, (2) Veterinary Toxicology: Basic and Clinical Principles, (3) Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents, (4) Anticholinesterase Pesticides: Metabolism, Neurotoxicity, and Epidemiology, (5) Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology, and (6) Biomarkers in Toxicology. He is recipient of Murray State University’s distinguished researcher award of the year-2006. He is a diplomat of American Board of Toxicology, and fellow of American College of Toxicology, American College of Nutrition, and Academy of Toxicological Sciences.


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