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Medicine for the Outdoors (5th Edition) by Paul S. Auerbach, MD

The Essential Guide to First Aid and Emergency Medical Procedures

For nearly 3 decades, Medicine for the Outdoors has been hailed as the definitive take-along manual on the subject. Packed with step-by-step instructions, how-to explanations, and practical approaches to outdoor and wilderness emergencies, it tells you the best ways to respond to just about any medical problem when help is miles or days away.

Author Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, FAWM, is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on wilderness medicine. This 5th edition features major updates to bring you the latest on emerging infectious diseases...the most current drug and dosage increased emphasis on making do with the materials at hand...and much more. Logically organized, easy to reference, and simple to understand, Medicine for the Outdoors may literally save your life. When you're venturing into mountains, deserts, forests, jungles, or out to sea, it belongs in your duffel bag or backpack!

  • Provides the most diverse and comprehensive coverage of medical conditions related to the outdoors.
  • Offers logical and complete explanations of every topic.
  • Includes numerous drawings and instructions to enhance your understanding of the descriptive material.
  • Contains recommendations for injury and illness prevention.
  • Features a comprehensive index that helps you locate answers quickly.
  • Offers an increased emphasis on making do with the materials at hand (like using a bum pack as a cervical collar).
  • Presents the latest guidance on dangerous infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), avian flu, and West Nile virus.
  • Offers current and accurate drug and dosage information via careful updates throughout.
  • Provides new safety recommendations on avalanches, forest fires, bear attacks, and more.
  • Demonstrates how to apply various bandages and splints with the aid of brand-new drawings.

In Short: “Named a top 10 medical title in 2009 by the Wall Street Journal.”


  • Format: Paperback, 553 pages, 5th Edition
  • Other Information: Approx. 260 illustrations
  • Release Date: 2009

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About the Author

Dr. Paul S. Auerbach, FACEP, FAWM:

  • He is the Redlich Family Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine;
  • the world's leading expert on wilderness medicine and a prolific author.;
  • 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.



“Designed to be taken along on outdoor excursions, this authoritative and informative book is nevertheless an excellent reference source for medical conditions, procedures, definitions, and treatments. Along with a section on general medical information, the first part of the book has excellent suggestions as to how to prepare for outdoor living and travel.

Next comes a section on Major Medical Problems, complete with clear illustrations and concise but thorough instructions as to what must be done. Some of the topics covered include poisoning, fractures, chest injuries, bleeding, amputations, childbirth, burns, and infectious diseases.

Minor Medical Problems includes treatment for conditions that more commonly occur during outdoor excursions, such as fever, chills, dizziness, foreign bodies in the eyes or ears, nosebleeds, toothaches, and diarrhoea.

Another section includes illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to stitch a wound. Shark bites, jellyfish stings, and various other aquatic injuries are addressed, as are insect and animal bites, lightening strikes, and even psychologically related disorders such as a panic attack.

Whether used as reference tool in school or as a portable handbook, Medicine for the Outdoors is a well-done service” – Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA Copyright 1999.

"In summary, Paul Auerbach's name will be forever associated with wilderness medicine, and his textbooks, including this one, will always be the premier works in this field. The latest edition of these books has surpassed "wilderness medicine," and this book is the best ‘first aid’ text that I have seen. It should become the standard text not just for wilderness travellers but for everyone who wants to know how to do first aid and do it right. This is the best bargain in town, even if it only saves your life once." – The Journal of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 39, 2010

"The new edition is the ultimate handbook for anyone participating in outdoor activities or eco-tourism far from medical care, and it was written by an ...authority in wilderness medicine." "Best Health Books of 2009" – Wall Street Journal 2010

"By far the best book on the subject." – Field & Stream.

"If a doctor isn't with you on your wilderness wanderings, this splendid book should be! Divided into five sections, this book covers basic first aid, major medical emergencies, minor problems, those specific to particular environments such as high altitude or underwater settings, and miscellaneous topics like transporting the injured and performing procedures.

 Appendixes include medication dosages and conversion tables. Weiss, an emergency medicine physician and medical editor for Backpacker magazine, has written a compact guide for remote situations where professional medical care is not readily available, diagnosis must be rapid, and treatment may have to be improvised using whatever materials are at hand.

For each problem Weiss lists signs and symptoms, general treatment guidelines, ‘when to worry’ icons recommending prompt evacuation, and ‘wilderness tips’ showing how to use what you have as makeshift medical supplies.

 Appendixes cover medications, evacuation of the injured, and what to include in a wilderness first-aid kit. Both physicians emphasize the need for preparation and prevention before embarking on any outdoor travel. Auerbach includes topics not covered in the shorter Weiss book, but in general they include much the same material. Both are well illustrated with excellent line drawings demonstrating techniques.” – Äanne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., NY


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