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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.

  • Jun 26 2012

    Rattlesnake Bite Photo

    There are two excellent photographs of a rattlesnake bite victim that appear in the June 10, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (362;23:2212). Entitled “Rattlesnake Envenomation” in the IMAGES IN CLINICAL MEDICINE feature, they s...

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  • Jun 21 2012


    A picture is worth a thousand words. The excellent section “IMAGES IN CLINICAL MEDICINE” appears from time to time in the New England Journal of Medicine. I’m delighted when the topic chosen is one that’s relevant to outdoor or even wilderness ...

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  • Jun 18 2012

    Drowning Update

    A common summertime outdoor health topic is drowning. We can never do too much to prevent these tragic events. When they occur, prompt response with appropriate rescue and first aid measures can make all the difference between a tragic outcome ...

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  • Jun 13 2012

    Vaccine Against Norwalk Virus

    Norwalk virus is a norovirus that causes occasional and sometimes epidemic gastroenteritis (nausea, vomiting and diarrhea). There is currently not a vaccine against any norovirus infection or illness. In a recent issue of the New England Journa...

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  • Jun 07 2012

    Headaches at High Altitude

    On a recent trip to Mount Everest Basecamp, we encountered a number of medical situations. One stands out as being somewhat unique - so much that at some point we will write it up as a “case report” and submit it for consideration for publicatio...

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  • Jun 04 2012

    Getting in Shape to Perform CPR

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is not trivial a exercise. It takes conditioning and coordination to be able to sustain the physical activity of compressing on someone’s chest 30 to 50 times per minute, and even more so if the victim is lar...

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  • May 24 2012

    Osler Symposium

    Although the following information is not strictly in the genre of outdoor medicine, I think it is important. This year marks the second Osler Symposium, entitled Doctoring in the 21st Century — Embracing the Challenge. I participated in last ...

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  • May 17 2012

    Support for Ankle Sprains

    Sprained ankles are the bane of existence for hikers, trekker, and joggers—indeed for most athletes or anyone who has the opportunity to twist a foot on an uneven service, stepping over a rock, or falling into a hole. The classic first aid trea...

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  • May 14 2012

    Wilderness Medicine Newsletter

    There is an excellent publication available entitled Wilderness Medicine Newsletter. I have been reading it for years and find it to be high quality, accurate, informative, and well written. You may check it out at http://www.wildernessmedicine...

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  • May 07 2012

    Hand Injuries Not to Miss

    Hand injuries are common in outdoor enthusiasts. Some of these injuries are easy to diagnose, and others are more difficult, usually because the signs and symptoms are subtle or because the examiner is inexperienced. Emergency physicians, such ...

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