Wilderness Medicine: Management of Wilderness and Environmental Emergencies / Edition 3

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Thoroughly revised, updated and expanded, this critically acclaimed reference prepares you to manage medical emergencies caused by environmental encounters, including injury prevention and respect for natural environments. Included in the text are color illustrations that give the reader a better view of the situation at hand. Packed with how-to explanations and practical, direct advice, it covers emergencies such as envenomations, altitude illness, burns, motion sickness, and problems caused by cold, heat, snakes, sharks, and marine microbes. Includes totally new information on bear attacks, cave rescue, airway and eye emergencies, wilderness clothing, and much more!

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Ira J. Blumen, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is a significantly expanded third edition (1st edition 1983) of a comprehensive wilderness medicine textbook. The 56 chapters are written by 93 contributors with various backgrounds in the medical specialties and public and governmental agencies. Topics include medical emergencies, as well as appropriate legal and ethical issues that may arise in the wilderness. A "how-to" approach addresses the different clinical situations that may develop. Chapters also explain how many environmental hazards occur and how they may be avoided through preparation and injury prevention. The book also addresses special concerns for women and children.
Purpose: This book serves as a comprehensive reference for health care professionals who are called upon to treat illnesses and injuries that may originate in the wilderness environment. In addition, the book serves to educate physicians and other readers in hopes of minimizing the risks while in the great outdoors.
Audience: This book is intended for emergency physicians (residents and attendings) and allied health care professionals. It also may be beneficial to any primary care physician or specialist who may encounter environmental emergencies.
Features: Illustrations are mostly black-and-white drawings of very good quality. Charts and tables are presented well, in a very readable and useable format. There are a great deal more color pictures in this edition, depicting many of the common causes of wilderness emergencies as well as common clinical presentations. References are plentiful.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference for any physician who may be presented with a patient with a wilderness or environmental emergency. It serves as a solid framework for the various topics and includes extensive references for those who want to learn more. The range of topics and the depth of the chapters is impressive. The diverse nature of medical emergencies that may arise from exposure to the elements (land, sea, and air) is very well presented. This book would be a valuable addition to any emergency medicine or primary care library.
Michael S. Jastremski
Wilderness Medicine is a great book. Its purpose, as stated in the preface to the first edition, is "to provide the clinician with a body of knowledge concerned with the interactions between people and the natural environment." It is an informative, practical, well-written, and richly illustrated book about the practice of medicine in remote locations and extreme environments. Dr Paton's foreword describing the medical and environmental challenges faced by the Lewis and Clark expedition is fascinating.
Journal of American Medical Association
Ira J. Blumen
This is a significantly expanded third edition (1st edition 1983) of a comprehensive wilderness medicine textbook. The 56 chapters are written by 93 contributors with various backgrounds in the medical specialties and public and governmental agencies. Topics include medical emergencies, as well as appropriate legal and ethical issues that may arise in the wilderness. A ""how-to"" approach addresses the different clinical situations that may develop. Chapters also explain how many environmental hazards occur and how they may be avoided through preparation and injury prevention. The book also addresses special concerns for women and children. This book serves as a comprehensive reference for health care professionals who are called upon to treat illnesses and injuries that may originate in the wilderness environment. In addition, the book serves to educate physicians and other readers in hopes of minimizing the risks while in the great outdoors. This book is intended for emergency physicians (residents and attendings) and allied health care professionals. It also may be beneficial to any primary care physician or specialist who may encounter environmental emergencies. Illustrations are mostly black-and-white drawings of very good quality. Charts and tables are presented well, in a very readable and useable format. There are a great deal more color pictures in this edition, depicting many of the common causes of wilderness emergencies as well as common clinical presentations. References are plentiful. This is an excellent reference for any physician who may be presented with a patient with a wilderness or environmental emergency. It serves as a solid framework for the varioustopics and includes extensive references for those who want to learn more. The range of topics and the depth of the chapters is impressive. The diverse nature of medical emergencies that may arise from exposure to the elements (land, sea, and air) is very well presented. This book would be a valuable addition to any emergency medicine or primary care library.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801670442
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1506
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.33 (h) x 2.71 (d)

Table of Contents

1 High-Altitude Medicine 1
2 Thermoregulation 38
3 Accidental Hypothermia 51
4 Cold Water Immersion 104
5 Frostbite and Other Cold-Induced Injuries 129
6 Wilderness Clothing 146
7 Polar Medicine 153
8 Heat-Related Illnesses 167
9 Wildland Fires: Dangers and Survival 213
10 Emergency Care of the Burned Patient 243
11 Lightning Injuries 261
12 Exposure to Radiation from the Sun 291
13 Wilderness Trauma Emergencies 312
14 Hunting Injuries 355
15 Wilderness Survival 364
16 Jungle Travel and Survival 393
17 Wilderness Equipment and Medical Supplies 413
18 Wilderness Improvisation 446
19 Children in the Wilderness 466
20 Women in the Wilderness 490
21 Search and Rescue 506
22 Aeromedical Transport 535
23 Wilderness Emergency Medical Services and Response Systems 566
24 Natural and Human-Made Hazards: Mitigation and Management Issues 580
25 Avalanches 616
26 Natural Disaster Management 644
27 The Changing Environment 664
28 North American Venomous Reptile Bites 680
29 Non-North American Venomous Reptile Bites 710
30 Antivenins and Immunobiologicals: Immunotherapeutics of Envenomation 731
31 Arthropod Envenomation and Parasitism 742
32 Spider Bites 769
33 Tick-Borne Diseases 787
34 Protection from Blood-Feeding Arthropods 813
35 Scorpion Envenomation 831
36 Plant-Induced Dermatitis 843
37 Toxic Plant Ingestions 862
38 Mushroom Toxicity 891
39 Plant Medicine 908
40 Bites and Injuries Inflicted by Mammals 927
41 Wilderness-Acquired Zoonoses 994
42 Infectious Diarrhea from Wilderness and Foreign Travel 1028
43 Field Water Disinfection 1060
44 Travel Medicine 1111
45 Foreign Travel and Exotic Diseases 1134
46 Emergency Veterinary Medicine 1157
47 Scuba Diving and Dysbarism 1176
48 Submersion Incidents 1209
49 White-Water Medicine and Rescue 1234
50 Survival at Sea 1251
51 Injuries from Nonvenomous Aquatic Animals 1303
52 Marine Envenomation 1327
53 Seafood Toxidromes 1375
54 Aquatic Skin Disorders 1417
55 Medical Liability and Wilderness Emergencies 1429
56 Ethics of Wilderness Medicine 1436
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