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Journal of the Academy of Hospital Administration

Book Review

Author(s): Reviewed by: A. Chakravarti*

Vol. 13, No. 2 (2001-07 - 2001-12)

Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Management - A Holistic Approach

Publishing Editors: PK Dave, Shakti Gupta, NK Parmar, Sunil Kant

Publisher: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd. EMCA House, 23/23 B Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi - 110 002

The book "Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Management - A Holistic Approach" 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 the NBC Scenario.

The book lives upto its promise of providing a holistic approach to this new specialty 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 the 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.

* Addl DGAFMS (E and S), o/o DGAFMS, M Block, New Delhi-110001

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