Medical defense against radiological warfare is one of
the least emphasized segments of modern medical education.
Forty years of nuclear-doomsday predictions made
any realistic preparation for radiation casualty manage-ment
an untenable political consideration. The end of the
Cold War has dramatically reduced the likelihood of strategic
nuclear weapons use and thermonuclear war.
Unfortunately, the proliferation of nuclear material and technology has made the acquisition and adversarial use of ionizing radiation weapons more probable than ever. In the modern era, military personnel and their nationís population will expect that a full range of medical modalities will be employed to decrease the morbidity and mortality from the use of these weapons. Fortunately, treatment of radiation casualties is both effective and practical.
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