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 28 2009
Sea Urchins and Such
Sea urchins are free-living echinoderms with egg-shaped, globular or flattened bodies. They are covered by tightly arranged spines and/or triple-jawed pedicellariae, which are seizing and envenoming organs
Oct 24 2009
Stingrays and Such
Marine venoms, similar to other toxins and poisons that originate in the animal and plant kingdoms, may cause a wide range of human physiological derangements. It is very important to remember that certain of these venoms, such as that elaborated ...
Oct 21 2009
Shark Attack Review
This is the next post based upon a presentation given at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009. The presentation was entitled “Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water.”” Th...
Oct 20 2009
Thank You to SHARPBRAINS for Grand Rounds
Thank you to SHARPBRAINS for mentioning my post about the Slishman Femur Traction Splint in this week's Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of health care posts from around the web compiled by a host, who goes to great lengths to ma...
Oct 17 2009
Slishman Femur Traction Splint
Every one in a while, an inventor comes up with something remarkable, not only in its ingenuity, but in its simplicity and applicability. Whenever I see something like that, I usually mutter or marvel, "I wish I had thought of that." Such is the c...
Oct 14 2009
Conservation Biology: Evolution in Action
Scott Carroll and Charles Fox have edited an excellent book entitled Conservation Biology: Evolution in Action. The publisher is Oxford University Press (2008). As stated in the Preface, the thesis is that "at no time in the nearly four billion ye...
Oct 10 2009
This is the next post based upon a presentation given at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009. The presentation was entitled “Wilderness Water: From Lowland Jungles to High Elevation Mounta...
Oct 07 2009
NOLS CME Expeditions for Medical Professionals
At the Wilderness Medical Society summer annual meeting, I chatted with Shana Tarter, who is affiliated with the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), headquartered in Lander, Wyoming. She informed m...
Oct 07 2009
Thank You to Pallimed for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Pallimed for mentioning my brief post about mycobacterial contamination of tattoos in this week's Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of health care posts from around the web compiled by a host, who goes to great length...
Oct 04 2009
Charles Houston Remembered
In the field of wilderness medicine, I have had many mentors. One of the first, and in many ways the most important to me, was Dr. Charles Houston, who died on Sunday, September 27, 2009 in Burlington, Vermont at the age of 96. Many of us are inde...