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Wilderness & Travel Medicine: A Comprehensive Pocket Guide, Adventure Medical Kits Paperback – 31 Dec 2011
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About the Author
ERIC A. WEISS, M.D., FaCEP, is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, and the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Weiss has been medical officer for the for the 1996 Summer Olympics, for National Geographic Society Expeditions, and in Nepal for the Himalayan Rescue Association. He is also the author of Wilderness 911, a backcountry medical primer published by Mountaineers Books.
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I buy many of these and can say this is one of the best out there. I do have a few larger books that are more helpful with color coded section and other goodies but this is what I carry on a hike or camping. If you read enough of the first aid books you will find two ongoing themes. 1) This is serious call 911 or 2) Use the thing-a-ma-gig to bypass the whosit and then perform a insert latin name here. Obviously the first is too simplistic and the section assumes a non-practical proficiency. This is the happy middle. It does tell you to get help but give you some well thought out steps and temp fixes to get you and whomever you are with out of trouble and too help.
Overall this is the book I carry wherever I go and one I lend (an extra copy) to others in our group when camping. The two things I would change are the organization a bit and it should be made out of waterproof paper. More expensive but at double it would be worth it.
As previously noted by the dimensions and other reviewers, this book is about .5"x4"x5", and is easy enough to carry in your pocket or keep in a kit. It's well written and easy to follow, and the text is easy to read.
If you buy this, I suggest you familiarize yourself with the contents to some degree, so that you know what you're looking for more specifically if you need to use it. Like any first aid manual, the book is only as good as a persons ability to reference the information in it efficiently.
This kindle version, I should mention, did take the time to get the graphics right, which is an extremely important part of the value of this text, and I am very happy with that as well.
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