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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.

  • Jul 01 2013

    In Advance of a Wildfire

    The tragedy of 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots from Prescott, Arizona being killed attempting to control the Yarnell Hill fire is beyond measure. The hot and dry environmental conditions being experienced by this nation have l...

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  • Dec 19 2012

    Skiing and Snowboarding-Related Head Injuries

    I’ve written a number of times about the utility of helmets in preventing or mitigating traumatic brain injuries associated with skiing and snowboarding. Which groups of people who participate in these sports would benefit most from education a...

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  • Nov 21 2012

    Caving Injuries in the United States

    Caving is a sport that is practiced worldwide with increasing enthusiasm. Like every other outdoor adventure, it has its unique epidemiology of accidents and injuries. In an article entitled “The Epidemiology of Caving Injuries in the Unite...

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  • Aug 03 2012

    Paddling and Mountain Bike Injuries

    In the most recent issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appear two articles on topics related to wilderness injuries epidemiology. The first is an article by David Abraham and colleagues, entitled “The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic: Muscu...

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  • Jul 31 2012

    Early Alzheimer's Disease and The Outdoors

    As clinicians, it seems that we are increasingly encountering Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, certainly in elders and sometimes in persons at an earlier age. It’s hard to know the exact reasons for this seeming epidemic, but I ...

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  • Jul 09 2012

    Malaria Vaccine Trial

    An effective vaccine against malaria would be a major breakthrough in the realm of global health, on par with effective vaccination against smallpox and other historical disease scourges of mankind. Creating such a vaccine has been a challenge ...

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  • Jun 28 2012

    Sun Exposure

    Dr. Susan Swetter from Stanford is a professor of dermatology and renowned expert on sun exposure and the hazards of ultraviolet radiation. She recently published a brief summary of useful information entitled “Don’t get burned” which is a ter...

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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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About the Author

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