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Wilderness Medicine [Kindle Edition]

Paul S. Auerbach
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Book Description

Manage any medical emergency you encounter in the great outdoors! Every day, more and more people are venturing into the wilderness and extreme environments...and many are unprepared for the dangers that come with these adventures. Whether these victims are stranded on mountain tops, lost in the desert, trapped deep in the woods, or injured far out at sea, this indispensable resource equips rescuers and health care professionals to diagnose and treat the full range of emergencies and health problems encountered in the wilderness!
  • Prepares you to handle everything from frostbite to infection by marine microbes, not to mention other diverse injuries, bites, stings, poisonous plant exposures, animal attacks, and natural disasters.
  • Introduces health care professionals to essential aspects of search and rescue.
  • Helps you to improvise using available materials.
  • Presents brand-new guidance on volcanic eruptions, extreme sports, splints and slings, wilderness cardiology, living off the land, aerospace medicine, mental health in the wilderness, tactical combat casualty care, and much more.
  • Discusses how to meet the needs of specific patient populations such as children, women, elders, and the disabled.
  • Offers guidelines for pain management, and addresses considerations for persons with chronic medical conditions.
  • Equips you to make smart decisions about gear, navigation, nutrition, and survival.
  • Moves all bibliographical references onto a bonus DVD in order to fit more content inside the book without making it too unwieldy.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 50811 KB
  • Print Length: 2316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Mosby; 5 edition (May 16, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD4U7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New edition is even better October 5, 2007
It is no surprise that the Fifth Edition of this unique medical reference is better than ever. For those who are new to this authoritative tome, you will immediately notice how well it is organized to help those in an emergency effectively find the answers they need. The chapters cover Mountain Medicine, Cold and Heat, Burns, Fire and Radiation, Rescue and Survival, Injuries and Medical Intervention, Animals Insects and Zoonoses, Plants, Food and Water, Marine Medicine, Travel and Environmental Hazards, Equipment, Special Populations (issue related to children and the elderly) and the Wilderness.

Every subject is carefully explained so the medical injuries surrounding the subject can be identified and understood in context and with greater detail. For example, to understand how to rescue someone from an avalanche, the reader must understand how avalanches are formed. The book also goes into detail on rescue equipment and their correct use as well as proper self and organized rescues before discussing medical treatments for avalanche victims.

The bulk of the book consists of chapters regarding various injuries and conditions encompassing symptomology, description diagnostic techniques (tests and such) that can be employed, treatment options, and the range of expected prognoses--in a nutshell, what is the likely injury, how do we treat it, and what's the outlook in terms of cure and survival.

A wealth of reliable, understandable information is readily accessible primarily targeting the medical professional but also for the lay person accompanied by very helpful illustrations.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definative source for wildernss medicine September 4, 2008
Doctors have a hard enough time looking for the definative source for information that is current and accurate. Dr. Auerbach, founder of Wilderness Medical Society, has updated this tome with a cast of experts from across the globe, in fields that range from water disinfection to acute mountain sickness. The detailed and well-referenced chapters are clear and informative, giving both practical field-based treatment as well as care follow up care for the ER and primary care provider. It is equally useful for clinicians, researchers, and field-deployable medical providers in rural remote areas like paramedics, expedition docs, disaster relief personnel, military medics, and guides.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite medical book! December 2, 2009
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I'm a doctor, and have been an outdoor enthusiast my whole life. This book is the "industry standard," no question. The topics are covered exhaustively, with extensive references to back up the suggestions given. Want to know how to euthanize your pack horse? Want to know what really keeps the mosquitoes away? What to do for a snakebite, based on studies and not wives' tales? How to treat your climbing companion on K2 when he/she gets altitude sickness? It's all in there.
If I have any complaints they are 1) the price, though it's understandable considering the size, limited sales, and comprehensiveness of this tome, and 2) its size. Unfortunately, you'd best read this puppy BEFORE you head out with your pack on your back, or get the Sherpas to schlep it up the hills for you, as it is also the largest book on my medical bookshelf.
That said, this is my favorite text, bar none.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great post disaster resource April 18, 2008
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This is the BEST single reference work for how to provide medical care for yourself and your family in the absence of a functioning health care system - which is what will exist after a massive earthquake, hurricane or pandemic. It was written as a wilderness guide but it is also a superb post disaster guide - when we we all be in the medical wilderness.
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