Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to Emergency Medical Procedures and First Aid / Edition 5

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Named a top 10 medical title in 2009 by the Wall Street Journal.

Since 1986, Medicine for the Outdoors has been hailed as the definitive take-along manual on the subject. Packed with step-by-step instructions, how-to explanations, and practical approaches to outdoor and wilderness emergencies, it tells you the best ways to respond to just about any medical problem when help is miles or days away. Author Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, FAWM, is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on wilderness medicine. This 5th edition features major updates to bring you the latest on emerging infectious diseases...the most current drug and dosage increased emphasis on making do with the materials at hand...and much more. Logically organized, easy to reference, and simple to understand, Medicine for the Outdoors may literally save your life. When you're venturing into mountains, deserts, forests, jungles, or out to sea, it belongs in your duffel or backpack!

• Provides the most diverse and comprehensive coverage of medical conditions related to the outdoors.
• Offers logical and complete explanations of every topic.
• Includes numerous drawings and instructions to enhance your understanding of the descriptive material.
• Contains recommendations for injury and illness prevention.
• Features a comprehensive index that helps you locate answers quickly.

• Offers an increased emphasis on making do with the materials at hand (like using a fanny pack as a cervical collar).
• Presents the latest guidance on dangerous infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), avian flu, and West Nile virus.
• Offers current and accurate drug and dosage information via careful updates throughout.
• Provides new safety recommendations on avalanches, forest fires, bear attacks, and more.
• Demonstrates how to apply various bandages and splints with the aid of brand-new drawings.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In summary, Paul Auerbach’s name will be forever associated with wilderness medicine, and his textbooks, including this one, will always be the premier works in this field. The latest edition of these books has surpassed "wilderness medicine," and this book is the best "first aid" text that I have seen. It should become the standard text not just for wilderness travelers but for everyone who wants to know how to do first aid and do it right. At a cost of $24.95, this is the best bargain in town, even if it only saves your life once." - The Journal of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 39, No. 3, p. 391, 2010

"The new edition is the ultimate handbook for anyone participating in outdoor activities or eco-tourism far from medical care, and it was written by an ...authority in wilderness medicine." Best Health Books of 2009 - Wall Street Journal 2009

"By far the best book on the subject." - Field & Stream "If a doctor isn't with you on your wilderness wanderings, this splendid book should be in your pack." - New York Times "Anyone who travels to out-of-the-way places will take comfort in this handy, updated guide." - Publishers Weekly "If you can't have an experienced emergency physician with you when you're traveling off the beaten path, take this book. And read it first!" - Whole Earth

"This reference work contains critical information for lay people who encounter unexpected hazards ranging from bad weather and snake bites to sprained ankles and heat stroke. Of course, the book doesn’t guarantee that lay people will become certified paramedics; however, armed with 535 pages of detailed information, most readers will feel more confident making decisions that could mean the difference between life and death. Dr. Auerbach’s advice, captured in this reference book, teaches us how to safely enjoy "green" exercise." - Carole Carson author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction and serves as the national coach for the AARP Fat to Fit Community Challenge, a free weight-loss program welcoming all ages.

"Auerbach delivers a substantial amount of material in a well-written and concise paperback that can serve as a medical manual emphasizing outdoor hazards, with therapeutic recommendations extended to a clinic setting… The book is divided into major medical problems, minor medical problems, disorders related to specific environments, miscellaneous information, and appendices. Medicine for the Outdoors will prove useful for a broad spectrum of readers needing a credible reference on medical care in remote environments or even in urban environments in the aftermath of a disaster. " - JAMA October 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323068130
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/19/2009
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 535
  • Sales rank: 588,264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction ix

Part 1 General Information

How to Use This Book 3

Before You Go 4

General First-Aid Principles 10

Medical Decision-Making 18

Part 2 Major Medical Problems

An Approach to the Unconscious Victim 21

Chest Injury 41

Serious Lung Disorders 45

Chest Pain 49

Bleeding 53

Shock 60

Head Injury 61

Allergic Reaction 66

Seizure 68

Fractures and Dislocations 70

Amputation 107

Burns 108

Inhalation Injuries 114

Poisoning 118

Abdominal Pain 119

Emergency Childbirth 137

Diabetes 142

Stroke 144

Infectious Diseases 146

Part 3 Minor Medical Problems

General Symptoms 165

Head (Also Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, and Mouth) 172

Upper Respiratory Disorders 202

Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract 207

Skin Disorders 226

Minor Bruises and Wounds 257

Musculoskeletal Injuries 284

Disorders of the Kidneys, Bladder, and Prostate 294

Male Genital Problems 297

Psychiatric Emergencies 299

Part 4 Disorders Related to Specific Environments

Injuries and Illnesses Due to Cold 305

Injuries and Illnesses Due to Heat 322

Wildland Fires 331

Altitude-Related Problems 335

Snakebite 346

Hazardous Aquatic Life 354

Insect and Arthropod Bites 374

Lightning Strike 395

Underwater Diving Accidents and Drowning 401

Animal Attacks 409

Wild Plant and Mushroom Poisoning 416

Part 5 Miscellaneous Information

Oxygen Administration 431

Water Disinfection 433

Motion Sickness 440

First-Aid Kits 442

Immunizations 449

Transport of the Injured Victim 459

Ground-to-Air Distress Signals 472

Lost People 473

Procedures 474


Appendix One Commonly Used Drugs (Medications) and Doses 485

Appendix TwoConversion Tables 509

Appendix Three Guidelines for Prevention of Diseases Transmitted Via Human Blood and Other Body Fluids 515

Glossary 517

Index 533

About the Author 553

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    I always enjoy medical books, and this one is a different one.

    I always enjoy medical books, and this one is a different one. As a person who loves the outdoors, I found his book to be helpful and informative. Hopefully I won't encounter most of the issues and problems he describes, but if I do I know what to do. An essential read for people who engage in extreme outdoor sports.
    Other books by doctors I recommend are "In Stitches" a laugh-out-loud memoir about becoming a doctor and "House of God" the classic tale about life in the hospital. These are great ones to bring with you into the wildnerness and read by flashlight!

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