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Product Details

  • Series: Don't
  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 2 edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898868548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898868548
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buck Tilton, born a swamp rat in South Carolina in 1948, crawled out the mud and humidity to co-found the Wilderness Medicine Institute and eventually accept a full-time professorship in the English Department at Central Wyoming College (where he still teaches). His teaching has earned him two Outstanding Faculty awards, the Paul Petzoldt Excellence in Wilderness Education trophy, and the Warren Bowman Award for his contributions to wilderness medicine. With more than three dozen books in print, he continues to love writing, his students, the wild outdoors, and his family--but not necessarily in that order.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Readalots on August 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Tilton & Bennett have produced a very good text for Mountaineers Books. Every out-door lover, wilderness hiker and mountain back packer should read "Don't Get Sick".

Through nine absorbing chapters they inform about all the various diseases (from staph to lyme disease to bubonic plague) one may contract from living out doors. The book is small and will fit into a pocket (take it with you for reference on your next trek). T & B's comfortable, and non technical, writing style allowed me to read all 108 pages in just one week of the National Scout Jamboree.

T & B identify many diseases, suggests cures, define periods for illness, and discuss how to shield one from sickness. They offers explanation about the four microbes that make us sick: viruses, bacteria, fungi and yeast, and protozoa. They also highlight their prevention and cures. More than a dozen graphs and tables illustrate healthy ways to avoid wilderness illness and how to set up a germ free living space. T & B also provide a helpful reference section, for each chapter, at the end of the book (demonstrating their state of the art research).

With 20+ years of wilderness hiking and pack backing experience I was delighted to learn more from T & B. For example, tetanus lives in the soil (just another reason not to go bare footed in unfamiliar environments), on page 23. And sixty-six percent of all raw poultry contains salmonella (cook it thoroughly), page 62.

This book is recommended to all who spend time hiking, eating, and sleeping in the wilderness. If you enjoy the outdoors, T & B will help you love it more with good health.
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Loved this book. I had some first aid skills but did not have the understanding of all the parts and pieces that I would have to think of during a compromised environment whether by natural disaster or pandemic. Most people die not from the disasterous event but from lack of sanitation which causes sickness from people, bad food, animals. Very well written and understood.
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By Eric Sulfridge on May 18, 2014
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I have been an Assistant Scoutmaster for about three years and this handbook has given my some ideas to help our Troop stay healthy on campouts.
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Very good and informative book a must for any long distance hiker.
The "Medicine Man" comes through as usual.
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