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Medical Texts
Handbooks and Field Guides

Medical Texts

tl_files/books/HealthHeight.gif Health & Height
V World Congress on Mountain Medicine and High Altitude Physiology
Ginés Viscor, Antoni Ricart de Mesones, Conxita Leal (Editors)
336 pages. Publicacions UB (2003)

This book contains the Proceedings of the V World Congress on Mountain Medicine and High altitude Physiology, celebrated in Barcelona in April 2002. The organisers of the event put emphasis on covering all the fields of mountain medicine including clinical and practical medicine as well as current research at altitude. The volume includes the conferences of the invited plenary speakers, mostly updated reviews on their respective fields of activity, and more specialised reports on recent research results.

This title is available directly from the University of Barcelona Bookstore.

 Wilderness Medicine
Management of Wilderness and Environmental Emergencies, 4th edition

Paul Auerbach (Editor)
Hardcover, Over 1900 pages. Mosby, St. Louis (2001)

Thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded, this critically acclaimed reference prepares you to manage medical emergencies caused by environmental encounters, including injury prevention and respect for natural environments. Included in the text are color illustrations that give the reader a better view of the situation at hand. Packed with how-to explanations and practical, direct advice, it covers emergencies such as envenomations, altitude illness, burns, motion sickness, and problems caused by cold, heat, snakes, sharks, and marine microbes. Includes totally new information on bear attacks, cave rescue, airway and eye emergencies, wilderness clothing, and much more!

The definitive (and massive) text on Wilderness Medicine, covering every aspect of that field.

 High Altitude: An Exploration of Human Adaptation
(Lung Biology in Health and Disease Volume 161)
Thomas F. Hornbein (ed) and Robert B. Schoene (ed)
Hardcover. Marcel Dekker (2001)

This book explores how humans respond to the hypoxia of high altitudes, addressing the response of lowlanders to sudden and sustained exposure, as well as that of those living permanently at high elevations - examining adaptation and maladaptation, acute and chronic high-altitude illnesses, and the challenges faced by lowland dwellers who have preexisting medical conditions venturing to high altitude.

Containing more than 3000 references and over 200 tables, charts, and graphs that support the text, High Altitude offers an anthropological perspective on those who dwell permanently at great heights... investigates how cells sense oxygen, including arterial chemoreceptors, erythropoietin-producing tissues, and pulmonary vascular smooth muscle... discusses the role of individual organs as well as their integrated function in enabling physical and mental performance at high altitude... focuses on the additional metabolic and circulatory demands of perception, thought, and action in the brain... considers how organisms defend themselves against the stress of hypoxia... and more.

tl_files/books/coverHAMP.png High Altitude Medicine and Physiology , 4th edition
John B. West, Robert Schoene, James S. Milledge

This is a great text for anyone seriously interested in altitude medicine. Well-written chapters cover everything from history, to the biochemistry and physiology of the various systems affected by altitude, specific altitude syndromes, and the effect of altitude on various chronic illnesses. Hypothermia and cold injuries are also extensively covered.

book cover High Altitude Medicine
Herb Hultgren
Hardcover. Published by Hultgren Publications, Stanford, California (1997)

For four decades, Dr. Hultgren has been a major player in the study of high altitude pulmonary edema, and also explored the effect the altitude on patients with cardiovascular diseases. As an avid mountaineer and an academic cardiologist, he combines outdoor wisdom and rigorous science in a very readable volume. This book is a must for those desiring an authoritative, up-to-date review of high altitude medicine."

Peter Hackett, M.D., Grand Junction, CO

tl_files/books/coverHAMH.png The High Altitude Medicine Handbook, 3rd edition
Andrew J. Pollard, David R. Murdoch
Hardcover. Published by Radcliffe Medical Pr Ltd (June 2003)

tl_files/books/Murray_002.jpg Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine: 2-Volume Set
(Textbook of Respiratory Medicine (Murray)) [Hardcover] 2010, 5th edition.
Robert J. Mason MD (Author), V. Courtney Broaddus MD (Author), Thomas Martin (Author), Talmadge King Jr. MD (Author), Dean Schraufnagel (Author), John F. Murray MD DSc(Hon) FRCP (Author), Jay A. Nadel MD DSc(HON) (Author)

 Hypoxia: From Genes to the Bedside
(Advances in experimental medicine and biology Volume 502)

Proceedings of the 12th International Hypoxia Symposium Held at Jasper, Canada, February, 2001
Robert C. Roach, Peter D. Wagner, Peter H. Hackett (Editors)
Hardcover. (2001)

Available from the Hypoxia web site.

 Hypoxia: Into the Next Millennium
 Advances in experimental medicine and biology Volume 474)

Proceedings of the 11th International Hypoxia Symposium Held at Jasper, Canada, February, 1999
Robert C. Roach, Peter D. Wagner, Peter H. Hackett (Editors)
Hardcover. Published by Kluwer Academic Publishers (1999)

Available from the Hypoxia web site.

  Previous Hypoxia Symposia Proceedings 1981-1997
Proceedings of the International Hypoxia Symposia Held at Lake Louise, Canada
The 9 pre-1999 Hypoxia Symposia proceedings are available on CD ROM directly from the Hypoxia Symposia website.

 Attitudes on Altitude
Pioneers of Medical Research in Colorado's High Mountains
John T. Reeves & Robert F. Grover (Editors)
Hardcover. Published by University Press of Colorado (2001)

In Attitudes on Altitude, Reeves and Grover have gathered together seven episodes narrating the exploits of innovative researchers that led to some extraordinary medical findings, altering the course of medicine in Colorado and throughout the world. Perfect for health care professionals interested in the history of research on the human body's response to exposure at higher altitudes.

 Hypoxia and Cold
John R. Sutton, Charles S. Houston, Geoffrey Coates (Editor)
Hardcover. Published by Greenwood Publishing Group (1987)

 Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for Wilderness Emergency Care
William W. Forgey (ed)
2nd Edition. Paperback. Published by Globe Pequot (2000)

The practice guidelines are the official statement of the Wilderness Medical Society on the best methods of handling wilderness related trauma, illness, or environmental injury. This peer reviewed work has 31 contributors and has been reviewed by two panels of the society consisting of an additional 14 physicians. The practice guidelines discuss treatment goals for 24 basic subjects. This publication also includes the Wilderness Pre-hospital Emergency Care Curriculum suggested by the Wilderness Medical Society for inclusion in the instruction of Wilderness Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-W). This book is a must for anyone dealing with emergency planning, first aid procedures, or care of persons heading into remote areas for sport or employment. Learn the latest techniques approved and recommended by the Wilderness Medical Society.

Handbooks & Field Guides

book cover Altitude Illness - Prevention & Treatment
How to Stay Healthy at Altitude: From Resort Skiing to Himalayan Climbing
Stephen Bezruchka
Paperback. Published by Mountaineers Books (1994)

This is a good general pocket reference for trekkers planning a trip to high altitude, or for trek doctors unfamiliar with altitude medicine.

book cover Mountain Sickness: Prevention, Recognition, and Treatment
Peter H. Hackett
2nd Edition. Paperback. Published by American Alpine Club (1980)

The original pocket guide to AMS, and still valuable.

book cover High Altitude: Illness and Wellness
Charles Houston
Paperback. Published by Globe Pequot (1998)

book cover Hypothermia, Frostbite and other Cold Injuries
Prevention, Recognition, and Prehospital Treatment
James A. Wilkerson, M.D. (ed), Cameron Bangs, M.D., and John S. Hayward, Ph.D.
Paperback. Published by Mountaineers Books (1986)

 Field Guide To Wilderness Medicine
Paul S. Auerbach, Howard J. Donner, Eric A. Weiss
Paperback. Published by Mosby (1999)

A field guide small enough to be carried on any outdoor excursion, and detailed enough to cover clinical presentation and treatment of the emergencies you're most likely to encounter.

 Wilderness Medicine, Beyond First Aid
William W. Forgey
5th Edition. Paperback. Published by Globe Pequot (1999)

Tells how to recognize, assess, and treat many kinds of medical emergencies in the wilderness. This fifth edition includes the latest information on cryptospryosis and immunization changes. Although much material is useful to the layperson, there are many techniques, including field surgery and suturing, that can be effectively used only by professionals, such as wilderness educators, search and rescue groups, EMTs, and paramedics. The author is a former president of the Wilderness Medical Society and assistant clinical professor of family medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

 Medicine for Mountaineering & Other Wilderness Activities
5th Edition
James Wilkerson (Editor)
Paperback. Published by Mountaineers Books (2001)

 Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine
2nd Edition
Eric A. Weiss, Rod Nickell (Illustrator), Butch Collier (Illustrator)
Paperback. Published by Adventure Medical Kits (1998)

 Wilderness 911:
A Step-By-Step Guide for Medical Emergencies and Improvised Care in the Backcountry
Eric A. Weiss
Paperback. Published by Mountaineers Books (2007)

Wilderness 911 takes all backcountry travelers from the basics of first aid to more advanced wilderness medicine with straightforward, step-by-step instructions. For situations when aid-givers don't have the proper supplies, this guide teaches creative and medically sound problem-solving for emergency situations.

The easy-to-follow format walks you through "Signs and Symptoms" and "Treatment," and notes "When to Worry" signs for a broad spectrum of medical emergencies. "Tricks of the Trade" sidebars offer improvisational techniques, such as closing wounds with dental floss, hair, or duct tape; treating burns or creating an airtight dressing with honey and plastic wrap; relieving mouth bleeding with a tea bag, and many more.

 NOLS Wilderness First Aid
Tod Schimelpfenig, Linda Lindsey, Joan Safford (Illustrator)
3rd Edition. Published by Stackpole Books (2000)

A reference on essentials of wilderness first aid treatment for National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS) students and for everyday hikers. This third edition is updated with the latest medical protocols for wilderness treatment and evacuation. There is a new chapter on leadership skills, teamwork, and communication. Specific information has also been added on cold injuries, eye injuries, gender-specific conditions, and asthma. Includes b&w illustrations. Schimelpfenig is past NOLS risk management director and current NOLS Rocky Mountain branch director; Lindsey is NOLS human resources director and a board member of the Wilderness Medical Society.


book cover The New High Altitude Cookbook
Beverly Anderson Nemiro, Beverly M. AndersonHardcover. Published by Random House (1980)

If you are going to be living at moderate or high altitudes, this book is a must and will significantly improve the quality of your diet.

 A Balcony in Nepal: Glimpses of a Himalayan Village
Sally Wendkos Olds, Margaret Roche
Paperback. Published by ASJA Press (2002)

When writer Sally Wendkos Olds and artist Margaret Roche trekked to the remote village of Badel in Nepal's eastern hills in the spring of 1993, they were the first western women to go there. They were the first to live with local families in their modest homes, the first to see how the villagers lived from day-to-day. Sally Olds and Marge Roche arrived in the village as strangers and left as "relatives." In 1994 they returned to help establish a library in Badel, to follow up on corrective surgery for two children with cleft lips, and to celebrate the Hindu festival of Dasain with their friends in the community. They came back again and again. Their book, with Sally's words and Marge's drawings, shows a portrait of life in a village that can be reached from the closest road or airstrip only by trekking on foot for three days over narrow, rocky mountain paths. Badel has no electricity, no telephones, no modern sanitation. Its people live and work as they have for centuries in a way of life that is beginning to change now and is sure to disappear within our lifetime. A Balcony in Nepal takes you into the village and reveals lives led according to the rhythms of hundreds of years ago: how babies are born, how children learn, how couples court, how women live, how the dead are honored. You'll share the adventures of "Grandma Sally" and "Grandma Marge," and like them, you will be enriched by the ancient wisdom of the people they came to know and love.