Disaster medicine: A history


  • Geoff Williams







Author Biography

Geoff Williams

Freelance Journalist, Author of several history books, Loveland, Ohio.


Associated Press. 670 Children, Teachers, Feared Dead in Terrific Texas School Explosion. The Galveston Daily News. March 19, 1937. Pages 1 and 19.

Associated Press. Pathos and Tragedy in School Explosion. The Sheboygan Press. March 19, 1937. Page 1.

Interview with Dr. Gary M. Klein, October 2, 2006.

Interview with Dr. James W. Terbush, October 12, 2006.

Boston’s Worst. Time magazine. December 7, 1942.

Associated Press. Disaster Fire Lessons From Nightclub Announced. The Galveston Daily News. December 25, 1942

United Press. Hard Role for Doctor Seen in Atomic War. Reno Evening Gazette. November 10, 1955. Page 30.

Public Doesn’t Realize Dire Need for C-D (Civil Defense) The Kerrville Times. April 04, 1959. Page 6.

Associated Press article with no headline, mentioning Dr. Schaeffer’s death and referring to him as an authority in “disaster medicine.” The Gettysburg Times, August 12, 1966, page 14

Injuries in Oklahoma City bombing: information came from web site produced by the state of Oklahoma: http://www.ok.gov/ health/documents/OKC_Bombing.pdf Accessed May 20, 2008.

Interview with Dr. John Andrews, September 14, 2006.

Interview with Dr. Paul K. Carlton, October 5, 2006.

Interview with Dr. Philip Merideth, September 29, 2006.

Interview with Dr. Robert Cox, August 29, 2006, follow-up email, September 16, 2006.

Interview with Dr. Frederick Slone, August 30, 2006, follow-up email, September 18, 2006.

Interview with Dr. Robert Cross, October 5, 2006.

Interview with Dr. F. Matthew Mihelic, September 27, 2006.

Interview with Dr. Eric Grosch, September 8, 2006, follow-up email, September 9, 2006.

Altman L K: Doctor’s World. The New York Times. December 9, 1980, page C3.

Brown D: Medical Analysts Will Try to Learn From the Numbers. The Washington Post. Apr 27, 1995, page A.24

University of South Florida web site, referring to a study they did of doctors and nurses not prepared for a disaster. Available at http://hsc.usf.edu/nocms/nursing/ResearchCenters/disasterbioter. html. Accessed May 30, 2008.

Information on universities with bioterrorism classes, from the web site of the Association of American Medical Colleges: Available at http://www.aamc.org/newsroom/bioterrorism/start.htm. Accessed May 30, 2008.

National Disaster Life Support program origins. American Medical Association web site. Available at http://www.ama-assn. org/ama/pub/category/12606.html. Accessed May 30, 2008.

On AOA’s role in bioterrorism. AOA web site. Available at http://www.osteopathic.org/index.cfm?PageID=faq_cons. Accessed May 30, 2008.

smallpox plan criticized by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Available at http://www.aapsonline.org/press/nrsmallpox.htm. Accessed May 30, 2008.



How to Cite

Williams, G. “Disaster Medicine: A History”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 3, no. 3, May 2008, pp. 125-30, doi:10.5055/ajdm.2008.0017.