[permaculture] Medicine for the Outdoors - Boing Boing - Sent using Google Toolbar
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Sat Apr 9 21:28:33 EDT 2011
[image: Medicine for the Outdoors.jpeg]There is nothing in this book that
you don’t need to know. You don’t have to commit the book to memory but I
would encourage you to know what’s in it and how to find it quickly. My
first duty as a Scout leader is the safety and well-being of our Scouts at
an age when they are poor judges of risk and have a propensity to
overestimate their capacities. I need to know how to keep them safe and how
to respond if they are injured or ill.
Medicine for the Outdoors is the work of Dr. Paul Auerbach, wilderness
medicine pioneer and arguably the world’s foremost expert on the subject. He
explains the how and why of responding to nearly every possible illness or
injury one is likely to encounter in a concise, step by step manner that is
intended to be used on the spot - but don’t wait for something to happen
before you read the book.
Safety is not owning the right gear or having the right book. It is not
having a well-appointed first aid kit. Safety is knowing how to prevent
injury and illness and how to respond if it occurs. Get the book, read
through it, make notes and practice the skills before you need them. I have
a Kindle copy that I can carry on a smartphone, iPod or similar device. I
also have a copy of the book that lives in our troop first aid kit.
Medicine for the Outdoors
Paul S. Auerbach
2009, 535 pages
The outdoor environment is beautiful, but it is ever changing and can become
hostile in a moment. Good fortune favors the well prepared, and there are no
more important considerations for a successful outdoor experience than
safety and first aid. Severe weather, wild animals, rugged terrain, and
equipment failure all conspire to create or complicate medical hardships
that must he diagnosed swiftly and remedied with certainty. The therapies
can he integral to survival. Medical education is thus as compelling as any
other form of learning.
How to use this book
In order to use this book to best advantage, read the appropriate sections
before you embark on a trip. In this way, you'll remember where to find
information in case of an emergency. Use the index to locate specific
topics, such as bee stings, frostbite, or choking. When reading about
different problems, you may be referred to general instructions for medical
aid, which are presented in Parts I and 2. All readers are encouraged to
participate in organized first-aid and outdoor safety program.
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