- Year: 2019
- Page Number: 194 pages
- File Type: PDF
- File Size: 2.25 MB
- Authors/ Editiors: Damir Huremović
This book focuses on how to formulate a mental health response with respect to the unique elements of pandemic outbreaks. Unlike other disaster psychiatry books that isolate aspects of an emergency, this book unifies the clinical aspects of disaster and psychosomatic psychiatry with infectious disease responses at the various levels, making it an excellent resource for tackling each stage of a crisis quickly and thoroughly. The book begins by contextualizing the issues with a historical and infectious disease overview of pandemics ranging from the Spanish flu of 1918, the HIV epidemic, Ebola, Zika, and many other outbreaks. The text acknowledges the new infectious disease challenges presented by climate changes and considers how to implement systems to prepare for these issues from an infection and social psyche perspective. The text then delves into the mental health aspects of these crises, including community and cultural responses, emotional epidemiology, and mental health concerns in the aftermath of a disaster. Finally, the text considers medical responses to situation-specific trauma, including quarantine and isolation-associated trauma, the mental health aspects of immunization and vaccination, survivor mental health, and support for healthcare personnel, thereby providing guidance for some of the most alarming trends facing the medical community.
Review “The unique contribution of this text to the field of communication … . This book would be a useful supplemental text for courses covering health communication, crisis communication, and intercultural communication.” (Lyricc King, Iowa Journal of Communication, Vol. 52 (2), 2020)
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⭐ I bought this book at the beginning of the pandemic to get a better understanding of response systems around pandemics. I found the book very concise. The author gave good examples of past pandemics and community responses. This is not a book that is in-depth, however. I appreciate the topics covered by looking at cultural implications, mental health applications, issues around quarantine and social distancing, and the adverse effect on healthcare workers. As an MSW graduate student, I found the book very helpful to look at the totality of how a pandemic plays out. This book was written pre-Covid and it’s extremely accurate in its detail of the social and public outcomes that have occurred thus far with Covid-19. I suggest this highly as a great starting point in understanding pandemics.
⭐ it’s a fair text. Will be interesting to see how this gets updated with coronavirus. redundant at times.
⭐ Book is expensive. Gives a lot of historical data but very little insight about today’s experiences and solutions for future problems however acknowledge there has not been much research on this topic
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