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Books, Journals, New Media
January 23/30, 2002

Wilderness MedicineWilderness Medicine Wilderness Medicine (CD-ROM)

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Wilderness Medicine edited by Paul S. Auerbach, 4th ed, 1936 pp, with illus, $199, ISBN 0-323-00950-6, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 2001.


Wilderness Medicine (CD-ROM) edited by Paul S. Auerbach, one CD-ROM, for Windows 95, 98, or NT 4.0, 16 MB RAM (32 MB Recommended), Pentium 166 MHz processor, 30 MB available hard disk space, 640 x 480 monitor resolution (800 x 600 recommended), CD-ROM drive, Internet browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 included); $199, ISBN 0-323-01674-X, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(4):522-523. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.522-JBK0123-2-1

Wilderness Medicine is a great book. Its purpose, as stated in the preface to the first edition, is "to provide the clinician with a body of knowledge concerned with the interactions between people and the natural environment." It is an informative, practical, well-written, and richly illustrated book about the practice of medicine in remote locations and extreme environments. The fourth edition has expanded to 79 chapters, 1910 pages, 1248 illustrations, 9.5 pounds (bad news for your pack mule), and 118 authors. Dr Paton's foreword describing the medical and environmental challenges faced by the Lewis and Clark expedition is fascinating.

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