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Wilderness Medicine, 5th: Beyond First Aid Paperback – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 5th edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076270490X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762704903
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You and your group are on the adventure of a lifetime, far from civilization, surrounded by wilderness. Someone gets hurt or sick. What do you do? With Dr. William Forgey's comprehensive Wilderness Medicine: Beyond First Aid in hand, you can recognize, assess, and treat many kinds of medical emergencies. This illustrated text is essential reading for anyone from trip leaders, guides, and search and rescue groups to EMTs, paramedics, and physicians who must provide immediate care when access to a medical facility is difficult or impossible. Learn how to survey, assess, and stabilize the victim and the medical situation, what questions to ask to gain necessary vital information, how to manage physical symptoms as well as care for wounds and orthopedic injuries and much more. (5 1/2' x 8 1/2', 256 pages, charts, illustrations)

More About the Author

Dr. Forgey is in the full time practice of medicine in Northern Indiana. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Indiana University and holds adjunct faculty positions at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, and Western Illinois University. He is a trustee and member of the Medical Advisory Board, International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers, Toronto, Canada; Trustee and Treasurer, Wilderness Education Association, Saranac Lake, New York; and editor of the 1993 Position Papers for Pre-hospital Care of Wilderness Injuries, Wilderness Medical Society, Point Reyes, California.

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It is a must for anyone who travels in the wilderness.
Lawrence DiVizio
One needs to go over the book more than one time, is not a novel, but a manual.
Paul Franco
The book was very informative and I feel it would be a great help if needed.
Bufalojohn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Virgil Brown VINE VOICE on January 7, 2008
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Living out in the wild, in the wilderness, is a contest with Nature. Most of the time, man wins the contest, but sometimes ... stuff happens.

Chapter One is about Assessment and starts with that key question: scene safe? Then Dr Forgey takes his reader through the ABCD's, vital signs, levels of consciousness, head to toe examination, shock, respiration rates, heart rates, and CPR. (The numbers for chest compressions and breaths has been changed by the AHA since Dr Forgey updated this book, but that is a minor issue.)

Chapter Two is about body system management. The focus of this chapter is on the systems in the head but the abdomen and reproductive system are given sections as well. There is also a very good, short section on poisoning from food poisoning to shellfish poisoning.

Chapter Three covers soft tissue wounds and treatments ... and suturing and stapling.

Chapter Four covers orthopedic injuries from head to foot.

Chapter Five covers bites and stings and anaphylactic shock. Interest-ingly Dr Forgey finds that rubber suction cups are as worthless as mouth suction. His lone endorsement is the Sawyer Extractor (which is available from Amazon.com).

Chapter Six is on infectious disease. Dr Forgey lists the most signif-icant *wilderness* diseases for North America and the world should one be contesting Nature abroad.

Chapter Seven's environmental injuries include hypothermia, heat stress, high altitude related illnesses, and ... being struck by lightning. Step current is caused when lightning hass struck and the current spreads out like a wave across the ground and the victim's feet are different distances from the strike point. Since the body has less resistance than the ground, a circuit is completed.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Jacobson on January 26, 2000
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I lead canoe trips in northern Canada for the Science Museum of Minnesota. Many of our expeditions take us above the Arctic Circle. I'm no expert in Wilderness Medicine--and that's why I rely on this book. Doc Forgey knows wild places: he has a fly-in cabin deep in Northern Manitoba. Forgey understands that "evacuation", per se, is often not an option in a genuine wilderness setting. This book clearly and quickly pinpoints solutions to problems and tells you how to deal with them. Forgey provides a host of medical options: you can choose sophisticated Rx medicines, or stick with over-the-counter stuff. "Doc" lays out all options and provides alternatives. A superb index provides fast reference to problems--and, this handy little book fits right in your backpack. It's worth every penny--and each new revision is more thorough than the last. I also heartily recommend Buck Tilton's excellent book, Medicine For The Backcountry. Get them both and you'll be covered for everything.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Britely on December 28, 2006
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I have several outdoor medical and first aide books and this one is the best. It really approaches topics that other books avoid like what to do if you cannot get to a doctor or hospital. The suggested kits in the back are also the best I have found. I only have two negative comments:

1. The techniques and advice in the text could be cross referenced to the medical kits better.

2. The references for more information are old or not very good. The website for the book seems to be underconstruction for at least a year and the major suppliers only offer about half of the items suggested. Most of the hard to find items can be purchased at Amazon or Moore Medical.

The other book to consider for dealing with a lack of traditional medical care is "Where there is no Doctor" but that is geared towards running a clinic in the third world rather than hiking.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dave on February 27, 2006
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Buy it because you are planning that trip where you'll be three days from civilization.

And keep it around cause life tends to throw things you're way when your'e out and about.

This is my most tattered book. I use it for every medical thing I come across. It not only can set you up to stabilize pretty much any situation and give you the time you need to get help. It will also tell you what to do when you step on an sea urchin or accidentally burn yourself making coffee the same way you make coffee everyday.

a fantastic reference
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 11, 2004
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I actually owned and read a much earlier version- listened to the advice- set up my 'Traveling Medical Kit'- and really appreciated the clear and concise medical information- and NOW- an updated version- many new ideas interspersed with time-tested procedures and meds- If you spend any time at all in the 'boondocks'-or just travelin'- You need a copy of this book- >and get copies for your kids too-when they get out on their own! This manual is good, practical and will prove itself in the reading of it- and putting into practice it's wisdom- That Dr Forgey- he's something else!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2000
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William Forgey, MD's Wilderness Medicine appears in an updatedfifth edition to provide the latest details on assessing medicalproblems while in the wilderness. It goes far beyond most first aid manuals, covering soft tissue care and trauma, infections and diseases which may evidence themselves far from medical care, and treatments which can take place in the field. END
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