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"There is a reason a book makes it to a sixth edition. This is the definitive book on wilderness medicine. It is an excellent, thorough book on critical and exciting concepts in this still expanding realm. The topics are concise yet cover a broad spectrum of environments and clinical situations not commonly seen. A number of the subjects are not exclusive to wilderness situations and are applicable to everyday life in the emergency room and hospital. Although the book is large and heavy, possibly limiting its use in the field, the online version (access is provided with the purchase of the book) may be a viable option for those with portable devices." - Michael D. Zwank, MD, RDMS, FACEP(University of Minnesota Medical School) Doody 4 stars!
"When on vacation, who knows when you might need to treat a Gila-monster bite or use dental floss to close scalp lacerations? 'Wilderness Medicine,' edited by Paul S. Auerbach, professor of surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine's emergency division, has the answers." - Laura Landro, Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Dr. Paul S. Auerbach, FACEP, FAWM, is the Redlich Family Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the world's leading expert on wilderness medicine and a prolific author. He is the Editor of Wilderness Medicine, and author of Medicine for the Outdoors and Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.
Dr. Auerbach holds his MD from Duke and completed his internship at Dartmouth and residency at UCLA. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He has been recognized as a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians and received the New Orleans Grand Isle Award for Science from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the Founders Award from the Wilderness Medical Society, and the Outstanding Contribution in Education Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, among others. Dr. Auerbach has served as a volunteer physician in Haiti, Nepal, and Guatemala.
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It is hard to be too positive on the content of this book but the online access won't do you much good unless you are sitting in your comfortable office. I would probably buy this if I could get a full content CD. As it is since I have access to the book online it won't help me much to own a copy.
I am new to Kindle but that format doesn't seem to be useful for a reference text.
Interestingly at this time (12/20/2011) you can get the book cheaper at the ELSEVIer site than on Amazon ( not the usual case).
It is true that this book will not be the version that you'll put in your go-bag to take with you into the wild, but it's a great read to study before you go and there are other, more compact, versions by the same author that will fit nicely into your trauma bag. That's what I'm planning on doing and using this outstanding volume to study up on everything else.It isn't just about wilderness medicine and how to treat issues while on a expedition, it has procedures for common things that are nice to review if you haven't done it in a while.
Buy this and never want to for any medical information again.
As I write this review, the Auerbach work is now in it's Sixth Edition. In the field of Scientific Medicine, the only comparison I can make is with the extraordinary Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. The Merck 19th edition of 3754 pages is a much more compact volume than this Auerbach work. But each has incomparable scientific and medical information, with the Auerbach book providing hands on clinical care for every possible and impossible environment and circumstance.
Wilderness Medicine is 2277 pages in a large size hard bound volume that you will wish could always be with you. However unless you carry it in a backpack or digitalize it, it is not an easily portable creation. There is a much smaller field companion edition but it cannot compare with this vast medical science compendium of the parent Wilderness Medicine. I cannot overstate the wealth of information both academic and practical that this book contains. The more you read it the more it continues to surprise and perhaps shock in its coverage of medical, environmental, survival and practical science and skills in virtually every possible setting and some settings that are impossible for most people. If you find a medical or survival subject not contained in this book please let me know. Don't worry if you will undertaking a Space Expedition, as this volume even includes Space Medicine for those who may be contemplating such an adventure (currently not that many of us).
There is a scene from the 1960 H.G. Wells Time Machine movie (somewhat absent from the Wells book) where 3 books are missing from the library of the Time Traveler when he again leaves. The thought is what 3 books did he take to a world without any books and where human knowledge is so decimated and reduced. If this book would have been in his library I think he would have chosen it. Wells would probably have laughed at my statement since I do not think Wells took his own stories too seriously, yet I also think he would agree after reading Wilderness Medicine that he must have his copy . Remember as an old man Wells obtained a Doctor of Science degree.
At this point you may gather that I consider the title Wilderness Medicine to be misplaced.
It is.This Wilderness Medicine is an Encyclopedia of Clinical Practice of General Medicine including Emergency Surgery, of Survival Skills and Equipment, of practical and explicit advice and information on how to cope with living in our world today. Wilderness Medicine appears to be a creation of at least 211 Contributors. There are 114 Chapters and an Index and an Appendix on Drug Stability in the Wilderness. The book is well taught with voluminous charts, tables, figures, photographs, and clinical presentations.
This is in actuality a total science textbook on a combination of Earth Science, Physiology, Emergency and General Medicine and Procedures and related technology and survival skills. Physicians and any person who knows how to read can gain lifelong valuable information, ability, understanding and knowledge by reading this book and having it available when needed. To master the entire contents is probably a lifetime of devotion. Get this book and get out of it all you can. Let me know what you think and if you disagree with me please tell me. Kenneth Ellman, Email:email@example.com, Box 18, Newton, New Jersey 07860
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