Handbook on Drowning

Prevention, Rescue, Treatment

  • Joost J. L. M. Bierens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XLIV
  2. Joost J. L. M. Bierens
    Pages 1-37
  3. Christine M. Branche, Ed van Beeck
    Pages 41-75
  4. John R. Wilson, Johannes T. A. Knape, Joost J. L. M. Bierens
    Pages 81-132
  5. B. Chris Brewster, Rob K. Brons
    Pages 193-308
  6. Paul E. Pepe, Joost J. L. M. Bierens
    Pages 311-385
  7. Harry P. M. M. Gelissen, Jean-Louis Vincent, Lambert Thijs
    Pages 389-432
  8. David S. Warner, Johannes T. A. Knape
    Pages 435-478
  9. Beat H. Walpoth, Hein A. M. Daanen
    Pages 481-531
  10. Rob K. Brons, Joost J. L. M. Bierens
    Pages 535-585
  11. David Elliott, Robert A. van Hulst
    Pages 589-615
  12. Jerome H. Modell, Yin R K
    Pages 619-657
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 659-713

About this book


by Jan-Carel van Dorp The board of Governors of the Maatschappij tot Redding van Drenkelingen is happy to introduce this congress book, the fruit of much effort in recent years of many devoted researchers in the fields of prevention, rescue and treatment of drowned people. It is a compilation of the results of their successful studies, as laid down during the World Congress on Drowning held in Amsterdam on 26–28 June 2002. Background Through the ages death by drowning, like so many other causes, was accepted as a part of life. Water brings life, water takes life; burial follows. It was not until th th the 17 or even as late as the 18 century that it became apparent that people could be effectively rescued by bystanders, that many seemingly dead drowning victims only died after burial and that some of them could have been saved from this fate had they received medical attention. In Europe it was the so-called Age of Enlightenment, with changing attitudes towards fellow man and social initiatives underway, including the founding of charitable societies. At that time three noblemen in Amsterdam realised that too many victims who had fallen in the waters of Amsterdam were left to their fate and died. Hence, in 1767, they founded a society for the rescue of drowning victims, de Maatschappij tot Redding van Drenkelingen. Their initiative was widely applauded. In the years that followed other cities in Holland started their own initiatives.


Drowning Drowning Prevention Hypothermia Public Health Rescue Resuscitation intensive care medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Joost J. L. M. Bierens
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyVU University Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-43973-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-29656-0
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