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

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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.
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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: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,417,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is one of the most easy to read, informative and comprehensive Medical text I have ever read. This book will not make you a doctor but if you follow the instructions, any E.R. you end up in will be impressed with your ability to stabilize and transport an injured person. I loved it.
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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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Great book for the avid outdoor adventurer. We all need to be able to take care of ourselves and others when out in the wilderness. I read through this and a few other wilderness medical guides as a refresher every winter. Good book, good advice. Get it and read it if you like to hike and climb in the wilds.
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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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