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.

  • Aug 08 2011

    Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River

    The following is a book review I wrote that was just published in the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine: Running Dry by Jonathan Waterman (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic; 2010,$26 U.S., 305 pages, hardcover) is in many wa...

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  • Jun 02 2011

    Superfocus Glasses: A Review

    Superfocus glassesAs I write this post, I’m wearing my new Superfocus glasses. I was given the glasses by the company to demonstrate, and they are nothing less than remarkable. I’ve used them mostly in two very common settings for me—indoors a...

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  • May 26 2011

    Mouth-to-Mouth Breathing Versus Mask-Assisted Breathing

    When a person performs cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) resuscitation (CPR), it is sometimes recommended to provide rescue breathing. This is certainly the case when the primary cause of the victim’s difficulty relates to failure to breathe ad...

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  • May 16 2011

    Stopping the Bleeding

    The Combat Application Tourniquet Dr. Brad Bennett provided an excellent workshop at the 2010 Wilderness Medical Society annual meeting in Snowmass, Colorado on how to manage severe bleeding, based on his work with the Committee on Tactical Com...

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  • Apr 21 2011

    Smart Phones and Crisis Mapping

    Crisis Map of Haiti, 2010, via the OpenStreetMap projectI’d like to use this post to mention a new concept for wilderness medicine that was introduced to me at the Wilderness Medical Society annual meeting this past summer in Snowmass by Satchi...

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  • Apr 11 2011

    Rescue Essentials: The Outdoor Gear You Need

    Wilderness medicine folks are often considered to be “gearheads.” That is, we love to try out new outdoor equipment, whether it is for our activities, search and rescue, or personal safety. Improvisation is important, but it’s better to have wh...

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  • Mar 31 2011

    Single Lens Distance Vision Glasses & Outdoor Falls

    Like many others my age, my vision is changing. The major change I am encountering at my ripe old age is presbyopia, which is a decreased ability to focus my eyes on objects near to me. This is caused by loss of elasticity of the lenses within ...

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  • Feb 28 2011

    Counterfeit Versions of Petzl Products

    Outdoorspersons, rescuers and medical professionals count on equipment to be genuine and fully functional, particularly in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, unscrupulous persons will make and distribute counterfeit equipment, drugs, and...

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  • Jan 20 2011

    Book Review: Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within

    HKFS8XPMXETYX - Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within is a small book written by Kathy and Craig Copeland and published through their company, Here is a summary from the website, where the book can be purchased for $15 Can...

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  • Jan 10 2011

    Book Review: "One Move Too Many..."

    One Move Too Many…How To Understand The Injuries And Overuse Syndromes of Rock Climbing is written by Thomas Hochholzer and Volker Schoeeffl, and edited by Sam Lightner Jr. It’s a tight and tidy 230-page paperback book published by Lochner-Verl...

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