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I want to let everyone know about the release of the 6th Edition of Wilderness Medicine, the premiere textbook on the subject, edited by our frequent contributor Dr. Paul Auerbach. There are not too many books out there that I personally consider as "classics" in our field (titles like Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills comes to mind), for wilderness medicine, this book is a classic. I've used previous editions of this book for teaching first aid and it was one of my core reference books when writing the first aid chapter in The Backpacker's Field Manual. I'm really excited to see this new edition and that there will be an ebook version. At over 2,300 pages it's no wonder that this textbook is widely referred to as "The Bible of Wilderness Medicine."
This is one book that I recommend that every serious outdoor program have on the shelf as the ultimate reference guide. It covers every conceivable aspect of wilderness medicine in articles written by experts from around the world. What makes this book stand out is the combination of the breadth of coverage and its great readability. I try and keep current on wilderness medicine issues, but as a non-physician, reading things like the New England Journal of Medicine often leaves me scratching my head at the super-technical things that I don't have the background for. This textbook, written for both medical professionals and non-medical provides a great balance. Don't let the price tag deter you, any textbook of this magnitude is worth every penny. The book is available from the publisher Elsevier.com as well as on Amazon.com in hardcover and Kindle format and at Barnes and Noble in hardcover and Nook format.
From the Publisher:
"Quickly and decisively manage any medical emergency you encounter in the great outdoors with Wilderness Medicine! World-renowned authority and author, Dr. Paul Auerbach, and a team of experts offer proven, practical, visual guidance for effectively diagnosing and treating the full range of emergencies and health problems encountered in situations where time and resources are scarce. Every day, more and more people are venturing into the wilderness and extreme environments, or are victims of horrific natural disasters...and many are unprepared for the dangers and aftermath that come with these episodes. Whether these victims are stranded on mountaintops, lost in the desert, injured on a remote bike path, or ill far out at sea, this indispensable resource--now with online access at www.expertconsult.com for greater accessibility and portability-- equips rescuers and health care professionals to effectively address and prevent injury and illness in the wilderness!
From Paul Auerbach:
I’m thrilled to let you know that the 6th edition of the textbook Wilderness Medicine, for which I serve as Editor, is now available. The book is the culmination of more than three years’ work, and the publisher (Elsevier) has done a terrific job with the layout. The book contains 114 chapters, including a tremendous amount of information new to this edition.
This is the big reference book for medical and rescue professionals, educators, scientists, explorers, and others with wilderness medicine interests and activities. The depth of topic coverage underlies much of my other writing. The contributors have gone the extra mile to update their previous work, make new contributions, and do their best to create a comprehensive, encyclopedic work. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to mold this edition, and am particularly pleased that the publisher allowed me to add chapters on matters related to wilderness preservation. I hope you find it an informative, useful, and fascinating book.
Here’s the Table of Contents:
PART 1 - Mountain Medicine
PART 2 - Cold and Heat
PART 3 - Burns, Fire, and Radiation
PART 4 - Injuries and Medical Interventions
PART 5 - Rescue and Survival
PART 6 - Animals, Insects, and Zoonoses
PART 7 - Plants
PART 8 - Food and Water
PART 9 - Marine Medicine
PART 10 - Travel, Environmental Hazards, and Disasters
PART 11 - Equipment and Special Knowledge
PART 12 - Special Populations and Considerations
PART 13 - The Wilderness
The hard copy book and e-reader versions both come with access to Elsevier’s expertconsult.com
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