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.
Sep 22 2011
Concepts of Emotion and Survival
Perhaps the greatest thrill in attending a summer meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is listening to new, enthusiastic and exciting speakers. They bring new insights and opinions to numerous topics and discussions, which is an esse...
Sep 19 2011
Comparing New Agents Used to Control Bleeding
Once of the major recent advances in trauma care has been the evolution of topical substances that can be applied to wounds in order to limit or stop hemorrhage (bleeding). This is very important in wilderness medicine, because uncontrolled ble...
Sep 12 2011
Continuing Medical Education in Nepal
There are two continuing medical education trips coming up in the spring of 2012 that might appeal to anyone who wishes to trek in Nepal. The first is the “Everest Experience” sponsored by the Wilderness Medical Society and hosted by Peak Promo...
Sep 06 2011
Armadillos & Leprosy in the Southern U.S.
A baby 9-band armadillo, native to the southern U.S.Zoonoses are diseases caused by exposure to animals. Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) caused by Mycobacterium leprae has had enormous significance worldwide historically. It is not just a disease of...
Aug 26 2011
Effectiveness of Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine in Older Adults
I am often asked by elder persons whether or not they should take the herpes zoster (“shingles”) vaccine. Up until this point, I have been answering “yes” based on my own experience, but now there is some data to support this recommendation. ...
Aug 15 2011
What to Expect After a Natural Disaster
Sichuan earthquake rescue workers carrying an injured person. In light of the widespread media coverage of natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti and the tsunami in Japan, the public and medical professionals are aware of the antici...
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...
Jul 18 2011
Antibiotics or No Antibiotics for Ear Infections
Ear infections are the bane of childhood and can spoil many outdoor adventures. One of the most common infections of childhood, they provoke long nights of miserable children, sleepless parents, and unhappiness all around. They may be recurrent...
Jul 11 2011
When You Break or Lose A Tooth
Sometimes when a person falls or is struck in the mouth, a tooth is broken or knocked out. If a tooth is cracked (with the root still present and in place), there is little for the victim to do other than keep his mouth clean and avoid contact ...
Jun 28 2011
The Uses of Nasal Irrigation
A neti pot, used for nasal irrigation.Nasal irrigation is sometimes recommended to thin or remove mucous from the nose. The two most common conditions that produce mucous are upper respiratory infections (e.g., the “common cold”) and allergies...