Curiosity and the urge to explore the natural world are essential components of the human psyche. By their very nature, expeditions involve separating individuals from more traditional environments and placing them into situations in which access to medical care may be limited or nonexistent. As such, expeditions afford unique and important opportunities for involvement of medical personnel.
On multiple levels throughout history, medicine has played a major part in the success of countless expeditions. In the not too distant past, the expedition practitioner often could gain firsthand experience in the field only at the expense of the expedition participants. It is the sharing of hard-earned knowledge, difficulties, and the occasional floundering of the experienced expedition physician that makes a reference textbook on this subject so important.
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