From Toxic Plants to Snakebites, Sixth Edition of Medicine for the Outdoors is the Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Safety Guide

Practical, easy to follow approaches to outdoor and wilderness emergencies in a take-along format

Philadelphia, PA, March 12, 2015

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific and medical information products and services, announced availability of the sixth edition of Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to First Aid and Medical Emergencies, written by Dr. Paul Auerbach, the world's leading wilderness medicine and outdoor health expert. The manual features step-by-step instructions, how-to explanations and practical approaches to outdoor safety and wilderness emergencies.

Medicine for the Outdoors is written for novice outdoors persons as well as more experienced adventure seekers who may find themselves in unexpected situations where medical knowledge is required,” said Paul Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, FAWM. “I’ve made significant updates to the latest edition, including new information on topics such as communicable diseases, environmental dangers, new medications and antibiotics, and general advice on travel precautions in an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable world.”

Since the book was first published in 1986, Medicine for the Outdoors has provided readers with information and guidance on how to respond to most medical problems when help is not readily available. This new edition provides many additional and enhanced illustrations and an expanded focus on new topics associated with hazards and challenges encountered in the mountains, deserts, and forests, at sea, and anywhere visited by an adventurer or traveler. Key features of the sixth edition help readers:

  • Clearly visualize how to perform specific treatments, such as the use of a SAM® splint, with helpful illustrations;
  • Stay abreast of the latest in emergency medical care, including new antibiotics and today’s most common infectious disease threats;
  • Enhance their understanding of Lyme disease, water disinfection, and emerging diseases (including West Nile, Ebola, and Chikungunya viral diseases), and how to seek safety in the case of a natural disaster;
  • Take advantage of Dr. Auerbach’s expert guidance with new recommendations on high-altitude problems, drowning, airway management, toxic plants, insect bites, and snakebites;
  • Access new appendices covering AIDS/HIV transmission, expanded treatment instructions, global conflict guidelines (including terrorism), and canine medicine.

“For nearly 30 years, Dr. Auerbach has been the go-to resource for medical insights related to the outdoors,” said Linda Belfus, Senior Vice President of Content, Elsevier Clinical Solutions. “His guidebook is the definitive resource in outdoor and emergency medicine for both the healthcare professional and consumers or use in situations ranging from the everyday to the extraordinary.”

Medicine for the Outdoors is currently available for order in print and eBook. The print copy of the book will include the Expert Consult eBook edition, which is compatible with PC, Mac and most mobile devices and eReaders, and allows readers to browse, search, and interact with the content of the book. To download a free sample chapter or buy the eBook click here. To purchase the print version please visit


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