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MEDICINE FOR THE BACK COUNTRY, 2nd Edition Paperback – October 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Ics Books; 2nd edition (October 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570340021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570340024
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When trouble strikes and your group is beyond the reach of 911, you're the one who has to help. Medicine for the Backcountry can prepare you for just about any major or minor medical emergency you might face in the outdoors. Using real-life anecdotes, step-by-step instructions, and clear illustrations, this invaluable guide shows you how to assess, manage, and care for: bone breaks and fractures, muscular injuries, heat and cold injuries, near drowning, spinal trauma, bites and stings and many other potential maladies. Each chapter also includes The Barehanded Principles - a point-by-point summary of the information you need to know to provide help in a hurry. Use Medicine for the Backcountry as both a practical handbook and a handy reference - and take it with you when your travels take you far from help. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2', 240 pages, illustrations)
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About the Author

Buck Tilton, M.S., EMT Instructor/Coordinator, has been working in outdoor education and pre-hospital care for 25 years. He is executive director of the Wilderness Medicine Institute, Inc., Pitkin, Colorado. His articles on outdoor health and safety have appeared over 400 times in many national magazines. He is an active member of the Outdoors Writer's Association of America, author of eight other books, and a contributing editor for Backpacker Magazine. Frank Hubbell,D.O., EMT Instructor/Coordinator, has ben working in medicine and education for over 20 years. He is in private practice in family medicine and actively participates in mountain search and rescue.

More About the Author

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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jim Morrison on February 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
The authors are EMT's and have had wilderness experience. The book is similar to a number of other books on basic wilderness first aid but is lacking in at least a couple of areas. Various ways of making an improvised stretcher (litter) were not covered. Getting help and communicating with SAR is not covered. What is covered is all patient assessment and standard first aid as is protocol for EMT's. I was disappointed there wasn't more application to wilderness situations. "Medicine for the Outdoors" by Paul s. Auerbach is far more complete and deals better with the harsh realities you face with medical issues in the wilderness. I gave it 3 stars instead of 2 because it might be a starting place for someone with little experience in first aid. I would also like to see these types of books talk about prevention, at very least as an introduction to the topic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry Nathan on July 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Medicine for the Backcountry is a great general-purpose guide to wilderness medicine in the U.S. and Canada. For anyone needing to educate themselves on wilderness first aid, or in need of a book to take along on an extended trip, I can highly recommend it. I give it four instead of five stars only because it doesn't cover some of the more esoteric third-world illnesses and treatments.
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By Jenn on January 20, 2014
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Hypothermia is no joke and NOT fun. I was really glad to have this reference handy when in the throws of fairly severe hypothermia awhile back. I bought because I love hiking, camping, climbing etc. and to be a companion to my WFR training. It's well-written and the material is presented and diagrammed well so even complex information is understandable. It's not "wilderness first-aid for dummies" type book. But it is a great resource for anyone wanting good info without a medical journal feeling.
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By Debra Dawkins on August 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Thank you for having this book in your inventory. We are in the backwoods a great deal and I needed a guide that was small enough to carry, but comprehensive enough to be of value in the backwoods. This book is the best of its kind I have found. Thank you for your timeliness in sending the book and thank you for the book being in better than advertised condition. I will definately be checking the books you offer!
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