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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.

  • 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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  • Jul 26 2008

    Summer Tips: Sunburn, Blisters, Sprains, Bug Bites and More

    Learn to avoid and treat sunburns, blisters, sprains, mosquito bites, and other summer dangers.

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  • Jan 26 2008

    Treatment for Burns

    Five steps to treating a burn.

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  • Oct 23 2007

    Surviving A Wildfire

    The danger of being entrapped or burned over by a wildfire is a very real threat for people living, working, or visiting in rural areas and wildlands, as well as in the urban areas adjacent to wildlands.

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  • Sep 29 2007

    Tips to Prevent Outdoor Sports Injury

    Outdoor recreation is the fastest growing category of recreation in the U.S., and perhaps worldwide. In addition to hiking, trekking, backbacking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, swimming, boating, scuba diving, and all of the other outdoor rec...

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  • Jul 11 2007

    Tips to Avoid Dehydration

    Dehydration, or depletion of body fluids, can swiftly debilitate athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. Staying well hydrated should be a top priority for participants and spectators alike.

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  • Jul 05 2007

    What's In Your Medical Kit?

    "What’s in Your Kit?” is written by Dr. Timothy Platts-Mills, a rising star in this area of expertise. I suggest that you read what he has written, but in the meantime, here are a few “pearls” excerpted from his excellent advice.

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  • Nov 03 2006

    Waking Up After a Head Injury

    A reader writes (about Head Injuries): "My son once fell on his head...and cried all the way home. When we got home he fell asleep from exhaustion....what does sleeping after a fall do?"

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  • Aug 27 2006

    Shelf Life of Antivenom

    photo by Sherman MintonA reader asks: "What's the shelf life of antivenom and does it have to be refrigerated? Can I take it hiking?" This is a common and important question. To answer the first question, for the newest North American antivenom p...

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  • Jul 29 2006

    More Fire Advice

    This is my third day of watching the Black Crater fire near Sisters, Oregon. Yesterday, thick plumes of orange smoke rose from the pine forests not far from our location. The darker smoke indicated new, more oily fuel burning, from the pitch (resi...

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About the Author

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