Then this is the book to read. The 160 page field guide sized book is geared toward the outdoor enthusiast who wants to learn how to apply some basic First-Aid. The name may be a bit misleading; this is closer to a text book than a pocket guide. It is not set up as a quick reference guide that you can throw in your pack and haul out when a situation arises, this is for the people who want to do a little light reading before the trip. The author, George E. Dvorchak, Jr. MD, does a wonderful job explaining basic anatomy and physiology, and how to decide on a treatment. This book is written in plain English but still provides some real insight and in-depth medical knowledge.
This book is written to explain the role of prevention and treatment. That is not to say that there is not a significant amount of information on basic First-Aid. Bandaging and splinting are covered, along with treatment of other common injuries in the field i.e. Heat Stroke and Frost Bite. The chapters covered are: Role of Anatomy; Physical Conditioning; Heart Disease; Breathing & Choking; Bruises, Scrapes, Cuts, & Dealing with Shock; Sprains, Strains & Fractures; Fever; Stings, Snake Bite & Poison; Heat & Cold; Dental Concerns; Protecting Your Eyes & Ears; Hydration; Boots & Foot Care; and an Appendix that covers First-Aid kit contents and some basic survival priorities.
The Pocket First-Aid Field Guide retails for $9.95 and is a great read, especially if you are getting a little cabin fever and are starting to plan for adventures out of doors.
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