Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to First Aid and Medical Emergencies

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Since 1986, Medicine for the Outdoors has been hailed as the definitive take-along manual on the subject. Packed with step-by-step instructions and how-to explanations, this updated edition tells you the best way to respond to just about any medical problem. Logically organized, the simple-to-understand enhanced illustrations and an increased focus on new topics mean this medical reference book may literally save your life. Whether you’re venturing into the mountains, deserts, forests, or out to sea this book belongs in your pack!

"A comprehensive guide to basically anything that could go wrong, or needs to medically managed whilst in out and about."

Review by |  Dr Stevan R Bruijns, Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at University of Cape Town  Date  |  July 2015


+ Examine the most diverse and comprehensive coverage of medical conditions related to the outdoors.

+ Be guided through logical and complete explanations of every topic.

+ Enhance your understanding with descriptive material including numerous drawings and instructions.

+ Research recommendations for injury and illness prevention.

+ Locate answers quickly with a helpful comprehensive index.

+ Clearly visualize how to perform specific treatments, such as the use of a SAM® splint, with an increased number of helpful illustrations.

+ Stay abreast of the latest in emergency medicine care, including new antibiotics, medicines, products to control bleeding, and today's most common infectious disease threats.

+ Enhance your understanding of Lyme disease; water disinfection; emerging diseases (including West Nile Virus); and how to seek safety and act during natural disasters.

+ Take advantage of Dr. Auerbach’s expert guidance with revised recommendations on high-altitude problems, drowning, airways management, toxic plants, and snake bites.

+ Access new appendices covering AIDS/HIV transmission, expanded treatment instructions, global conflict guidelines (including terrorism), and canine medicine.

About The Author 

dr. Paul S. Auerbach

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.



+ Duke University, A.B., Religion, 1969

+ Duke University School of Medicine, M.D., Medicine, 1977

+ Stanford University Graduate School of Business, M.S., Management, 1989


+ Diver of the Year  |  Beneath the Sea  |  2008

+ DAN America Award  |  Divers Alert Network  | 1998

+ Outstanding Contribution in Education Award  |  American College of Emergency Physicians  |  1999

+ Founders Award  |  Wilderness Medical Society  |  2000

+ New Orleans Grand Isle (NOGI) Award for Science  |  The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences  |  2006

+ Hero of Emergency Medicine  |  American College of Emergency Physicians  |  2008

+ DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year  |  Divers Alert Network  |  2009


+ High Threat Emergency Casualty Care Task Force  |  American College of Emergency Physicians  |  2016 - Present

+ Development Committee  |  Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation  |  2016 - Present

+ Board of Directors  |  Emergency Medicine Foundation  |  American College of Emergency Physicians  |  2015 - Present

+ Member  |  Council on Foreign Relations  |  2010 - Present

+ Board Certification: Emergency Medicine  |  American Board of Emergency Medicine  |  1981


+ Paul Auerbach, Joshua Carter, Lauren Fuller, Daniel Haylett, Aaron Knoll, John Reitenberg, Andrew Smith, Eric Thorsell  |  United States Patent 8,061,293  |  Avalanche rescue device  |  Nov 22, 2011

+ Paul Auerbach  |  United States Patent 4,801,777  |  A device for microwave rewarming of blood products  |  Jan 31, 1989


+ Paperback | 560 Pages

+ Publisher | Saunders

+ Edition | 6th | February 6th, 2015

+ Language | English

+ ISBN-10 | 0323321682

+ ISBN-13 | 978-0323321686

+ Dimensions | 0.8 in. x 8.9 in. x 6 in.

+ Weight | 1.45 lb.

+ Not HSA/FSA Approved