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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.

  • Oct 31 2009

    Jellyfish and Such

    Jellyfishes are stinging creatures with stinging “cells,” which are highly specialized and designed to inoculate prey with venom.

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  • 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

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Oct 10 2009

    Wilderness Water

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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

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