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Title:
Lethal mists : an introduction to the natural and military sciences of chemical, biological warfare and terrorism
Author:
Taylor, Eric R., Ph.D.
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Publication Information:
Commack, N.Y. : Nova Science Publishers, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxi, 405 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781560724599
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Book

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Lethal Mists is a nontechnical narrative of chemical, biological warfare and terrorism (CBWT) for the general, non-scientist, non-military background reader. It examines the scientific and military basis and considerations behind the use of chemical and biological agents to injure and kill people. It explains in the simplest terms possible the various agent types, their use, effects on people, how they injure or kill, and the means of detection, treatment, antidotes and decontamination. Where technical terms are introduced, they are clearly and simply defined. The tactical considerations for the use of CBWT agents also are explained as they apply to terrorist use against civilian populations. Lethal Mists also views the nature of the threat to civilians, self-defense and warning techniques, and measures one may take to protect family and self if living near a chemical plant. This book is designed to explain to the nontechnical reader just what CBWT is, threats and how you may be alerted to such an act in progress. It is not a cookbook for the production of these highly lethal and indiscriminate agents. It is for education and where possible, self-defense and awareness. After all, the greatest weapons used by the terrorist are ignorance and fear.


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Secretary of Defense William Cohen describes the likelihood of a chemical or biological warfare (CBW) attack as increasing, and many experts believe such an attack is a matter of when, not if. So a book on how chemicals and biological microorganisms can be used to poison, kill, or incapacitate human beings is timely. Because Lethal Mists hopes to reach educated citizens it starts at an elementary level, e.g., it explains the nature of biological molecules. Disease-causing biological agents of special concern and circumstances under which they have been employed are described, as are techniques for detecting and protecting ourselves against such agents. Chemical warfare agents described include those that affect the nervous system, the lungs (choking agents), and the skin, eyes, and lungs (blistering agents) along with possible defenses against, and treatments for, exposure. Taylor (Univ. of Southwest Louisiana) summarizes education and training programs of the US Army Chemical Corps and includes an important chapter on using international treaties to lessen the ability of terrorists to gain access to agents of mass destruction. Useful for public health and civil defense offices, as well as public libraries. Graduate students; faculty; two-year technical program students. M. K. Hill; University of Maine