THE WORLD'S EMERGENCY ROOM ~ The Growing Threat to Doctors, Nurses, and Humanitarian Workers
Book review and technical detail THE WORLD'S EMERGENCY ROOM ~ The Growing Threat to Doctors, Nurses, and Humanitarian Workers Michael VanRooyen
|Technical detail of THE WORLD'S EMERGENCY ROOM ~ The Growing Threat to Doctors, Nurses, and Humanitarian Workers|
|Title||THE WORLD'S EMERGENCY ROOM ~ The Growing Threat to Doctors, Nurses, and Humanitarian Workers|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
A behind-the-scenes attending at the beginning acreage of altruistic anesthetic as it has acquired in contempo years of noncombatant wars, famines, tsunamis, and added accustomed and counterfeit disasters. Since 1990, apple conflicts and refugee crises accept spurred the advance of a massive force of altruistic aid workers—some 275,000 individuals with the United Nations and NGOs, best of whom abridgement the academic training bare to accord with circuitous contest like the adverse 2010 Haiti earthquake. In that 25-year period, added than 1,000 aid workers were dead in attacks on hospitals, medical staff, and noncombatant patients. VanRooyen, a assistant at Harvard Medical School and the co-founder and administrator of the Harvard Altruistic Initiative, came of age professionally in the fields of emergency anesthetic and altruistic medicine, which are the focus of this alluring debut. “What the emergency allowance is to Detroit, Chicago, and Baltimore, altruistic medical abatement is to the world’s crisis zones,” he writes. Whether in an ambiguous close burghal or a bootless state, doctors accommodate a assurance net of emergency bloom affliction for bodies with analytical needs. The columnist recounts his adventures on the arena as an emergency physician in Bosnia, Chad, the Congo, Haiti, Somalia, and abounding added countries and how he and agreeing colleagues accept approved to professionalize altruistic efforts, which accept frequently been criticized as uncoordinated and wasteful. (The Haitian abatement accomplishment was a “humanitarian free-for-all,” he writes, involving amateur agencies, amateur surgical teams, and “disaster tourists.”) In 2005, VanRooyen and others accustomed the Harvard Altruistic Initiative, a first-of-its-kind, universitywide accomplishment to accompany research, training, and avant-garde approaches to altruistic aid that could be leveraged to accomplish action changes. Despite the subtitle, the columnist devotes almost little absorption to the accretion dangers adverse aid workers, absorption mainly on the charge to authorize accurate standards for the acreage in adjustment to anticipate the malnutrition and communicable diseases that are the better killers in communities in conflict. An important annual of medicine’s role in a apple in crisis.
Twenty years ago, the most common cause of death for medical humanitarians and other aid workers was traffic accidents; today, it is violent attacks. And the death of each doctor, nurse, paramedic, midwife, and vaccinator is multiplied untold times in the vulnerable populations deprived of their care. In a 2005 report, the ICRC found that for every soldier killed in the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, more than 60 civilians died due to loss of immunizations and other basic health services.The World's Emergency Room: The Growing Threat to Doctors, Nurses, and Humanitarian Workers documents this dangerous trend, demonstrates the urgent need to reverse it, and explores how that can be accomplished. Drawing on VanRooyen's personal experiences and those of his colleagues in international humanitarian medicine, he takes readers into clinics, wards, and field hospitals around the world where medical personnel work with inadequate resources under dangerous conditions to care for civilians imperiled by conflict. VanRooyen undergirds these compelling stories with data and historical context, emphasizing how they imperil the key doctrine of medical neutrality, and what to do about it.
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