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Dr. Paul Auerbach is the world's leading outdoor health expert. His blog offers tips on outdoor safety and advice on how to handle wilderness emergencies.

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Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition


The 5th edition of the textbook Wilderness Medicine has just been released by Elsevier. I'm very pleased with the book, and hope that it is met with the same enthusiasm as have been previous editions. I am enormously grateful to the contributors, countless readers, and everyone who has offered me useful suggestions about ways to improve the book.

Over a period of nearly 25 years, Wilderness Medicine has become the leading text source of expert advice on handling health problems that occur in remote areas, extreme environments, and the great outdoors. Furthermore, it has served to define and expand the field of wilderness medicine. It is the only book that covers the entire field.

Wilderness Medicine explains how to manage everything from frostbite to infection by marine microbes and situations stemming from natural disasters to diverse injuries, such as bites, stings, poisonous plant exposures, and animal attacks. It includes vital, comprehensive treatment information that health care providers and rescuers cannot find in standard medical texts but will absolutely need during a medical crisis.

In addition to coverage of topics such as hypothermia, reptile bites, poisonous mushroom ingestion, 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.

Wilderness Medicine
, 5th edition (ISBN: 978-0-323-03228-5) is 2336 pages long with 2100 illustrations, 1950 in full color. The complete table of contents and description of the book can be found at the Elsevier website. One hundred fifty-seven experts from medicine, government, education, research, industry, and the military, among other fields, contributed. An accompanying DVD-ROM carries the references, as well as duplicates the illustrations.

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.

I hope you enjoy the book, and find it informative and helpful as you pursue your passions for adventure, medicine, and the outdoors.

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.

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