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Medicine for the Outdoors


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Table of Contents

PART ONE: General Information
How to Use This Book
Before You Go
General First Aid Principles
Patient Assessment-A Structured Approach to Emergencies in the Outdoors
PART TWO: Major Medical Problems
An Approach to the Unconscious Victim
Chest Injury
Serious Lung Disorders
Chest Pain
Head Injury
Allergic Reaction
Fractures and Dislocations
Inhalation Injuries
Abdominal Pain
Problems of Ovaries and Vagina
Disorders of the Kidneys, Bladder, and Prostate
Problems of the Penis and Testicles
Emergency Childbirth
Infectious Diseases
PART THREE: Minor Medical Problems
General Symptoms
Head (Including Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, and Mouth)
Upper Respiratory Disorders
Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract
Skin Disorders
Minor Bruises and Wounds
Musculoskeletal Injuries
Mental Health (Psychiatric) Emergencies
PART FOUR: Disorders Related to Specific Environments
Injuries and Illnesses Due to Cold
Injuries and Illnesses Due to Heat
Wildland Fires
High Altitude-Related Problems
Insect and Arthropod Bites
Lightning Strike, Tornado (Cyclone), Hurricane (Typhoon), Flood,Earthquake, Tidal Wave (Tsunami), Landslide (Mudslide), Volcano, and Snow Avalanche
Hazardous Aquatic Life and Aquatic Infections
Underwater Diving Accidents
Animal Attacks
Wild Plant and Mushroom Poisoning
PART FIVE: Miscellaneous Information
Oxygen Administration
Water Disinfection
Motion Sickness
Jet Lag
Personal Safety in an Age of Conflict, Kidnapping, and Terrorism
First Aid Kits
Physicians Abroad
Transport of the Injured Victim
Ground-to-Air Distress Signals
Lost People
Dealing With Death
Appendix One: Commonly Used Drugs (Medications) and Doses
Appendix Two: Conversion Tables
Appendix Three: Guidelines for Prevention of Diseases Transmitted via Human Blood and Other Bodily Fluids
Appendix Four: Commonly Used Applications of the SAM Splint
Appendix Five: Emergency Canine Medicine

About 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.


"This book is a brief guide to diagnosing and managing common and uncommon ailments encountered in the wilderness setting. The book is divided into five sections and includes an appendix with more details on medications and procedures." ©Doody's Review Service, 2023, Faran Ahmad, MBBS(Creighton University Medical Center)

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