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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.

  • 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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  • Aug 29 2011

    In the Wake of Hurricane Irene – Methods of Water Disinfection

    A store in New York city, boarded up in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Photo courtesy of David Shankbone (CC BY 3.0)In the wake of Hurricane Irene, many people will be without electrical power for days. If they need to disinfect water to obtai...

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  • Aug 15 2011

    What to Expect After a Natural Disaster

    Sichuan earthquake rescue workers carrying an injured person. In light of the widespread media coverage of natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti and the tsunami in Japan, the public and medical professionals are aware of the antici...

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  • Aug 11 2011

    Progress in Obtaining a Better Yellow Fever Vaccine

    Yellow fever is an affliction caused by a potentially lethal viral (flavivirus) hemorrhagic (causes bleeding) virus common in parts of Africa and South America. A highly effective vaccine made from live virus (known as the “17D vaccine”) is cur...

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  • Jul 07 2011

    Tests for Tuberculosis

    micrograph of Myobacterium tuberculosisOutdoor adventurers and persons who participate in global humanitarian relief efforts sometimes travel to locations where tuberculosis (TB) is prevalent. As noted in the article “Latent Tuberculosis Infect...

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  • Jul 05 2011

    Test for Dengue Fever

    Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictsDengue fever is a viral (flavivrus) disease transmitted by Aedes albopictus and female A. aegypti mosquitoes. It is estimated that 50 to 100 million people in more than 100 countries are infected each year ...

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  • Captain Morgan Technique for Reducing a Dislocated Hip

    I really enjoy learning new techniques for medical procedures, because when one technique isn’t successful, it’s nice to know other ways to do things. I’m particularly pleased when the discovery and description of a new technique comes from one...

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About the Author

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