Medicine for the Outdoors
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.

  • Jun 14 2011

    Snakebite and Snake Venom Information

    Eastern coral snake, photo courtesy of Norman Benton, CC-BY-SA 3.0The Wilderness Medical Society held its annual meeting at Snowmass last summer July 23-28, 2010. There were numerous terrific educational sessions. In a series of posts, I am goi...

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  • Mar 11 2011

    Achieving Initial Control with Antivenom in Snakebite Victims

    Broad-banded Copperhead SnakeWhen someone is bitten by pit viper snakes (examples include rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths) in the U.S., they may or may not become envenomed, depending on a number of factors: the size of the snake, ...

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  • Feb 10 2011

    New Head Lice Treatment for Children and Adults: Natroba

    Outdoor adventures sometimes take us to locations where the sleeping arrangements create exposure to mites and lice. While some may think of this as a problem more common to lower socioeconomic classes and third world countries, the fact is th...

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  • Mar 13 2010

    Spearfishing and Shark Attack

    Even though it's still winter on the east coast of the U.S., it won't be long until spring is here and people begin heading for the beach. The "snowbirds" continue to flock to Florida and many of my friends are heading off on dive vacations. This ...

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  • Feb 23 2010

    Copperhead Snakebites

    The general perception that copperhead bites are less severe than those of other pit vipers, namely rattlesnakes, is no doubt true. It is also likely true that coagulopathy (propensity to bleed) is not as much of a problem with copperhead bites.

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  • Feb 20 2010

    Dog Bite Deaths

    Dog attacks are a major public health concern worldwide. In the United States, dogs bite more than 4 million people each year, occasionally resulting in fatalities.

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  • 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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  • Feb 18 2009

    Naturally Occurring Toxins: An Introduction

    Toxinology is a branch of toxicology that involves the study of naturally occurring toxins, including those found in microorganisms, plants and animals. These natural toxins are among the most complicated and lethal in existence.

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