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Book and Media Reviews
December 12, 2007

Wilderness Medicine

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(22):2680-2686. doi:10.1001/jama.298.22.2680

Textbooks that attempt to be both encyclopedic and practical while still meeting the diverse needs of neophytes as well as experts usually fail. The fifth edition of Wilderness Medicine, edited by Paul Auerbach, is, however, an overwhelming success and will appeal to a broad and diverse audience, from vacationer to wilderness enthusiast to harried clinician.

Dr Auerbach is one of the fathers of wilderness medicine and is the world's expert on marine envenomations. He has used his extensive network of contacts to bring together more than 150 experts from such diverse fields as infectious diseases, toxicology, veterinary medicine, trauma, emergency medicine, and avalanche science to revise and improve on what many refer to as the bible of wilderness medicine.