by Paul Auerbach
remains the "bible" of Wilderness Medicine. It is very comprehensive
and strongly recommended for Medical personnel interested in comprehensive
details. The wide range of topics may surprise readers as their
may be whole chapters on sub disciplines many practioner may not
have even suspected to exist ( Jungle Medicine, Desert Medicine,
First Aid for your Llama ect). Many of them may not be remotely
relative to most practices but they still remain a compelling and
fascinating read. I read this text end to end while backpacking
through Cuba and later lent to a friend who also read it end to
end. This remains a very good read even for laymen so this is the
book to read if you ever want to find the best way to treat shark
bites, bear bites and cougar attacks. It gives scientific based
studies supporting what to do and not to do for snakebites, poisonings,
mountaineering mishaps and scuba problems.
only problem is this book is big and expensive for the average reader.
Yet it remains a definitive classic resource.
Auerbach also co-wrote another Wilderness Medicine pocket book guide,
Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine . This little brother to the
big text covers the basics nicely and may be more appropriate for
casual readers and those who cannot read the full text. It is portable
and practical as a reference manual for day-trippers and backpackers
and more affordable for the casual outdoorsman.