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Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, 3e 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1416046981
ISBN-10: 1416046984
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About the Author

Dr. Paul S. Auerbach, FACEP, FAWM, is the Redlich Family Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the world's leading expert on wilderness medicine and a prolific author. He is the Editor of Wilderness Medicine, and author of Medicine for the Outdoors and Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.

Dr. Auerbach holds his MD from Duke and completed his internship at Dartmouth and residency at UCLA. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He has been recognized as a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians and received the New Orleans Grand Isle Award for Science from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the Founders Award from the Wilderness Medical Society, and the Outstanding Contribution in Education Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, among others. Dr. Auerbach has served as a volunteer physician in Haiti, Nepal, and Guatemala.
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Product Details

  • Series: Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine
  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby; 3 edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416046984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416046981
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 4.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach, an Elsevier Author, is the Redlich Family Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the world's leading medical expert on wilderness medicine and a prolific author. He is the Editor of Wilderness Medicine, and author of Medicine for the Outdoors and Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.

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Format: Paperback
This is an excellent condensed version of the full text. It is the only medical field guide I have found that is written for a medical doctor instead of an EMT or paramedic in an austere environment. I am a physician in a military special operations unit and carry it on all deployments, whether in the U.S. or other countries. It is the perfect size to carry with my field gear and trauma pack, and is quick, easy to use, and reccommends very up to date and rapid treatment plans. A must have for all medical professionals practicing in the pre-hospital environment! For medical professionals going to remote locations that are limited by what they can carry on their back, very few texts/guides can be brought along. The solution to this limitation is simple; pack your Sanford, your Pharmacoepia, and THIS BOOK. It is the best text for it's size and weight available.
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If you consider Auerbach's Wilderness Medicine text to be "The Bible of Outdoor Medicine," then this will be a welcomed addition to your reference library. The fieldguide takes many of the most important topics from the original text(such as high altitude emergencies, envenomations, and trauma management) and paraphrases them just enough to be of benefit to both the weekend outdoor warrior and the expedition medic. I particularly was interested in the various ways to utilize common outdoor gear and improvise traction devices for orthopedic injuries. This book is also great in that it is small enough to fit comfortably in your backpack or glove compartment, readily accessable when needed. I highly recommend adding this book to your home or office library.
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Great resource. Up-to-date with input from the most well-known names in wilderness medicine. Small enough to carry in a backpack, but packed with helpful info. Includes everything from packing/planning to critical care in the wilderness. Best resource I've ever seen for this material.
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The book contains much useful information, but is limited by several weaknesses:
1. Evidence-based recommendations are not distinguished from those based on the author's experience or traditional approaches. For example, codeine has been shown not to be an effective anti-tussive. (p. 7)
2. Some recommendations (such as benzodiazepines for "non-altitude related sleep disturbance" while at altitude) seem dangerous on physiological grounds. (p. 7)
3. The information is not organized for maximum clarity. For example, AMS, HAPE, and HACE are treated serially, rather than as variants of a related set of processes requiring similar but distinct treatments.

As other reviews observe, this is a book written for physicians.
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Great stand alone or companion book to the larger text. Lots of great info. Will travel with it always. Read it on the airplane...the person next to you will keep peeking at it.
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Wonderful book and expanded over last edition. Auerbach and his contributors have created a superb reference with up-to-date topics and treatments.
Not only does it address just about every wilderness medicine topic conceivable, but also a few pages addressing search and rescue and survival. The book has a very complete index.

My only negative is that the thin pages are easy to damage (but lighter) and overall size (922 pages) might not be great for tossing in your pack for a hike.

Further, not the best reference for those who don't have medical training/ experience (it is written for medicine professionals).

Overall if you have an interest in wilderness medicine, get this book. If you travel outdoors, take a course that addresses wilderness medicine, and then get this book!

And the big book "Wilderness Medicine" by Auerbach is fantastic, as well!
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Tons of great information in this book. Not small enough to be a pocket guide on backpacking or weight sensitive trips, but I don't think it was designed that way. This was issued to us during my W-EMT course I took back in 2009, and has been a nice refreshing read/reference when you want to get your mind off of urban medicine. I am a paramedic now and still find it a worthwhile text to have on the shelf.
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By Kedi on May 2, 2014
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I love my desk version, but the pages get soggy in high humidity. My tablet has a cute little waterproof baggie it lives in, with a silicone moisture-sucker, & now I can refer to my field guide without having to use a string of porters or pack mules to get my library to site with me. Invaluable book, this, whilst travelling. Take the course first, the book won't make a lay person an expert.
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