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Psychiatry of Pandemics

A Mental Health Response to Infection Outbreak

  • Damir Huremović

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Damir Huremović
    Pages 1-6
  3. Sameer Khan, Damir Huremović
    Pages 37-44
  4. Christy Duan, Howard Linder, Damir Huremović
    Pages 45-53
  5. Damir Huremović
    Pages 65-76
  6. Damir Huremović
    Pages 85-94
  7. Damir Huremović
    Pages 95-118
  8. Saira Hussain
    Pages 153-177
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 179-185

About this book


This book focuses on how to formulate a mental health response to a massive infectious disease outbreak, including a pandemic outbreak. The book combines an emergency mental health response utilized by disaster psychiatry with clinical aspects and expertise on infectious diseases mental health developed by consultation-liaison psychiatry, making it an excellent resource for tackling each stage of an infectious outbreak crisis quickly and thoroughly.  The book opens by contextualizing the issues with a historical overview of pandemics ranging from plagues of  ancient times, through Black Death in the Middle Ages, Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, to outbreaks of modern times, including HIV, Ebola, and Zika.  The text acknowledges the new infectious disease challenges presented by climate changes and bioterrorism and considers how to implement systems to prepare for these issues from an infection and social perspective. The manuscript 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 (including vaccine hesitancy), survivor mental health, and support for healthcare personnel, thereby providing guidance for some of the most alarming situations facing the medical community organizing a mental health response to an infectious outbreak.

Written by experts in the field, Psychiatry of Pandemics is an excellent resource for infectious disease specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, immunologists, hospitalists, public health officials, nurses, disaster mental health workers, and all medical professionals who may work with patients in an infectious disease outbreak.


Quarantine and isolation History of pandemics and epidemics Community psychiatry Outbreak aftermat Immunization and vaccination

Editors and affiliations

  • Damir Huremović
    • 1
  1. 1.North Shore University HospitalManhassetUSA

About the editors

Damir Huremović, MD, 
North Shore University Hospital
300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030

Damir Huremović is board certified in general psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine through the American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology and Psychosomatic Medicine.  His interests include the mental health aspects of infectious diseases, consultation-liaison services, and integrated care.  He assumed various prestigious roles over the course of his 13 years at Nassau University Medical Center before moving to North Shore University Hospital in 2016.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Psychiatry of Pandemics
  • Book Subtitle A Mental Health Response to Infection Outbreak
  • Editors Damir Huremović
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-15345-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-15346-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 185
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychiatry
    Infectious Diseases
    Public Health
    Emergency Medicine
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“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)