from Health and Wellbeing (242 articles)
March 24, 2007 This is one of those books that will come in handy,
even if you never use it. If that sounds silly, you've never been 50
miles from the nearest road with a man down and no telecommunications
or medical knowledge. Each year, more and more people venture
outdoors, including wilderness and rugged environments, and many
suffer from injuries or illnesses while in the mountains, deserts,
forests, jungles, or oceans. The 5th edition of Wilderness Medicine,
is the definitive clinical reference on its unique subject and
explains how to manage everything from frostbite to infection by
marine microbes and situations stemming from natural disasters to
diverse everyday injuries, such as bites, stings, poisonous plant
exposures and animal attacks.
"Wilderness Medicine is the only book that covers the entire field,"
said Dr. Auerbach, MD, MS, editor of the book and Clinical Professor
of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University
School of Medicine. "It includes vital, comprehensive treatment
information that you won't normally find in standard medical texts
but will absolutely need during a medical crisis."
Wilderness Medicine presents expert detailed guidance on responding
to these emergencies, both in the field and within emergency
department and hospital settings.
In addition to coverage of topics such as hypothermia, reptile bites,
poisonous plant exposures, and other essential wilderness medicine
topics, this book includes new information on volcanic eruptions,
extreme sports, wilderness cardiology, aerospace medicine, mental
health in the wilderness, and tactical combat casualty care, among
others. The book also describes how to meet the unique needs of
specific patient populations, such as children, women, elders, the
disabled, and people with chronic medical conditions. In addition, it
addresses vital aspects of search and rescue, gear, navigation,
nutrition, and survival.
Dr. Auerbach is a founder of the Wilderness Medical Society and among
the world's most respected authorities in this field. One hundred
fifty-seven experts from medicine, government, education, research,
industry, and the military, among other fields, contributed.
Persons who will find Wilderness Medicine essential include
physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, outdoor-enthusiasts and
adventure travelers, wilderness expedition leaders, the military,
firefighters, search-and-rescuers, explorers in all environments
(such as divers, alpinists, backpackers, etc.), and anyone interested
in health care issues related to the outdoors. The coverage spans the
globe with detailed descriptions of the environment, causes,
diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition (ISBN: 978-0-323-03228-5) is 2336
pages long with 2100 illustrations, 1950 of them in full color.