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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.

  • Feb 17 2010

    Blue Jeans and Snakebite

    When I was a medical student, I served a summer externship in 1975 with the Indian Health Service at Fort Belknap in Harlem, Montana. On some hot summer evenings, I went fishing at a place the locals called "Snake Lake," which was loaded with cutt...

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  • Feb 13 2010

    Chagas Disease

    A reader asks me for a brief discussion of Chagas disease (also known as American trympanosomiasis), which is named after the Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas. The disease was discovered in 1909 and is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. In...

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  • Feb 10 2010

    Helpful Tools in Haiti

    Prior to departing for my assignment in Haiti for International Medical Corps, I didn't have much time to pack, so wasn't able to bring everything I might need. However, I was able to carry a few items that proved quite useful. First and foremost ...

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  • Feb 05 2010

    Pain Management in Children for Broken Bones

    Pain management is a hot topic in medicine in general and certainly in medicine for the outdoors. Injuries in particular, and many illnesses, cause pain, which in turn causes the victim to suffer.

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  • Jan 28 2010

    Haiti: January 28, 2010 - The Last Day

    We found out today that we are going to ship out tomorrow. My feelings are certainly mixed.

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  • Jan 25 2010

    Haiti, January 24

    My day began today just past midnite, when I was awakened with a notification that a media crew believed that they had located a group of children in the basement of a building, perhaps trapped by the earthquake. We mobilized a field triage and tr...

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  • Jan 24 2010

    Haiti, January 23

    We saw a lot of progress today at the hospital. The surgeons are seeing a decrease in the number of patients that need emergency surgery for crush injuries and fractures, but that doesn't mean that we are anywhere near a point where less-than-mass...

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  • Jan 23 2010

    Haiti, January 22

    There was incredible activity in the compound today at the University Hospital. We suffered through a few more aftershocks and had to permanently evacuate a large building, so once again patients were outside in the brutal heat. Under tarps and ra...

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  • Jan 22 2010

    From Haiti - Thursday, January 21

    Today was another remarkable day. Here are some of the highlights:The team continues to be incredibly strong and we are receiving reinforcements from all directions, both from International Medical Corps and from many other NGOs. Before I go any f...

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  • Jan 21 2010

    Haiti: The First Days

    Dispatches from the ground in Haiti: Paul's first days in Haiti.

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