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Medicine for the Outdoors

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.

  • Oct 20 2011

    Anvenom Approved by FDA For Treatment Of Scorpion Stings

    Bark Scorpion of Arizona, photo courtesy of Musides at en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an antivenom product, Anascorp­ for the treatment of scorpion stings. From an Associated Press report, th...

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  • Oct 17 2011

    IV Fluid Administration in African Children with Severe Infection

    Dehydration is a common phenomenon in those suffering from infectious diseases, particularly if the diseases cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. We are all familiar with having the “stomach flu,” “traveler’s diarrhea,” or food poisoning. However, s...

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  • Oct 13 2011

    Snake Bites Dog

    Toby, Paul's Labrador retriever/border collie mix.It was bound to happen. Toby, our Labrador retriever/border collie mix, ran ahead on the trail. He came back excited, carrying something special in his mouth. That something special was an adult...

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  • Oct 10 2011

    Couch Potatoes

    There were no real surprises for me in the article entitled “Television Viewing and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and All-Cause Mortality” by Anders Grøntved and Frank B. Hu that appeared in the Journal of the American Medica...

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  • Oct 08 2011

    The Concept of Risk

    Dr. Robert “Brownie” Schoene, an enormously talented, accomplished, and insightful physician who resides within the bedrock of wilderness medicine, gave a wonderful presentation about the concept of risk at the 2010 annual summer meeting of the...

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  • Oct 03 2011

    Mass Casualty Incident Response in Antarctica

    Isolated environments combined with austere circumstances sometimes call for extraordinary measures, and in particular call for planning in advance for situations of multi-casualty incidents. Many, if not most, austere settings are in outdoor o...

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  • Sep 29 2011

    Oral Antibiotic Therapy for Acute Uncomplicated Diverticulitis

    Diverticula are small outpouchings that develop at weak points along the wall of the colon (large bowel), probably because of high pressures associated with muscle contractions during the passage of stool. When these sacs become obstructed and...

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  • Sep 22 2011

    Concepts of Emotion and Survival

    Perhaps the greatest thrill in attending a summer meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is listening to new, enthusiastic and exciting speakers. They bring new insights and opinions to numerous topics and discussions, which is an esse...

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  • Sep 19 2011

    Comparing New Agents Used to Control Bleeding

    Once of the major recent advances in trauma care has been the evolution of topical substances that can be applied to wounds in order to limit or stop hemorrhage (bleeding). This is very important in wilderness medicine, because uncontrolled ble...

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  • Sep 12 2011

    Continuing Medical Education in Nepal

    There are two continuing medical education trips coming up in the spring of 2012 that might appeal to anyone who wishes to trek in Nepal. The first is the “Everest Experience” sponsored by the Wilderness Medical Society and hosted by Peak Promo...

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