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Management of Wilderness and Environmental Emergencies

      This book is much more than a first aid handbook to carry along on a weekend family outing. On my examination room scales, it weighs an even 6 pounds, and it contains nearly 1,100 8½-by 11-inch pages. This description, however, should not be interpreted as a negative comment toward this hefty tome. The authors clearly state that it was not their intention to put together a group leader's “How-To-Save-a-Life” manual but rather to produce a single-volume, encyclopedic reference textbook. The book covers all the pertinent aspects of a great variety of medical problems that might be encountered by the human animal in his quest to explore the near and far limits of his habitat. Although it is primarily directed toward a medical professional readership, it could easily be understood and used by many of the skilled and talented paramedical persons with whom I have worked through the years. The book will readily serve as a reference textbook on wilderness medicine for medical students, for adventuresome postdoctoral students, or for paunchy old professionals who periodically participate in a wilderness fishing or hunting expedition.
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