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Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to Emergency Medical Procedures and First Aid, Revised and Expanded Edition

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Since its introduction in 1986, this indispensable guide has been hailed as the definitive take-along text on the subject of outdoor medicine. This edition has been completely revised and expanded, making it even more essential for the growing numbers enjoying outdoor activities. With more than 250 illustrations, MEDICINE FOR THE OUTDOORS provides state-of-the-art medical procedures for just about every injury or illness likely to be encountered in the wild. It is logically organized, easy to reference, and ...

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Overview

Since its introduction in 1986, this indispensable guide has been hailed as the definitive take-along text on the subject of outdoor medicine. This edition has been completely revised and expanded, making it even more essential for the growing numbers enjoying outdoor activities. With more than 250 illustrations, MEDICINE FOR THE OUTDOORS provides state-of-the-art medical procedures for just about every injury or illness likely to be encountered in the wild. It is logically organized, easy to reference, and surprisingly simple to understand.

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"I treasure my copy, and can recommend it to backpackers, mountaineers, backcountry skiers, ski patrollers, rafters, cavers, members of search and rescue groups, and all others who visit the wild places of the world."--Warren D. Bowman, Jr., M.D., Medical Adviser, National Ski Patrol; Chairman, Emergency Medical Committee, National Association for Search and Rescue
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585747887
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL AUERBACH is one of the foremost authorities on emergency medicine in the United States. Clinical Professor of Surgery in the Emergency Medicine division at Stanford University Hospital, Chief Operating Officer of Med America, and former editor of the Journal of Wilderness Medicine, Auerbach is also the author of four other books. He lives in Los Altos, California.

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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 7
Medical Decision Making 16
Part 2 Major Medical Problems
An Approach to the Unconscious Victim 21
Chest Injury 41
Serious Lung Disorders 45
Chest Pain 50
Bleeding 53
Shock 59
Head Injury 61
Allergic Reaction 64
Seizure 66
Fractures and Dislocations 68
Amputation 104
Burns 106
Inhalation Injuries 112
Poisoning 113
Abdominal Pain 114
Emergency Childbirth 132
Diabetes 137
Stroke 138
Infectious Diseases 140
Part 3 Minor Medical Problems
General Symptoms 159
Head (also Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, and Mouth) 166
Upper Respiratory Disorders 192
Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract 196
Skin Disorders 213
Minor Bruises and Wounds 240
Musculoskeletal Injuries 268
Disorders of the Kidneys and Bladder 276
Male Genital Problems 279
Psychiatric Emergencies 281
Part 4 Disorders Related to Specific Environments
Injuries and Illnesses Due to Cold 287
Injuries and Illnesses Due to Heat 301
Wildland Fires 309
Altitude-Related Problems 313
Snakebite 322
Hazardous Aquatic Life 332
Insect and Arthropod Bites 354
Lightning Strike 374
Underwater Diving Accidents and Near-Drowning 378
Animal Attacks 386
Wild Plant and Mushroom Poisoning 393
Part 5 Miscellaneous Information
Oxygen Administration 407
Water Disinfection 409
Motion Sickness 415
First-Aid Kits 418
Immunizations 423
Transport of the Injured Victim 432
Ground-to-Air Distress Signals 445
Lost People 447
Procedures 447
Appendixes
Appendix 1 Commonly Used Drugs (Medications) and Doses 459
Appendix 2 Conversion Tables 487
Appendix 3 Guidelines for Prevention of Diseases Transmitted via Human Blood and Other Body Fluids 495
Glossary 497
Index 513
About the Author 535
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    Back country Firstaid or back country surgery

    Some of Dr. Auerbach's information is out dated or is to indepth to be useful in the wilderness.

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