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Mountain Rescue Doctor: Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature

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Publisher Comments:

“A fast-paced account of Mt. Hood. For readers who are unfamiliar with the rugged and beautiful Hood River area, [Van Tilburg] balances its undeniable perils with the joys of its scenic wonders . . .”

--Publishers Weekly

“Van Tilburgs dogged spadework in translating to the page the intricate essentials of his unique trade makes each breathtaking rescue literally come to life. Exhilarating take on the daily life of a unique brand of doctor.”

--Kirkus

“As a medical doctor, a previously published author (Backcountry Snowboarding; Introducing Your Kids to the Outdoors), and an adventure-sports devotee himself, Van Tilburg is uniquely qualified to describe the fears, excitement, frustration, and rewards of these searches. He examines the high costs of search-and-rescue operations and provides an interesting overview of the debate on whether victims should be held responsible for some of these costs. Young adults will likely enjoy this introduction to the field of wilderness medicine. Filled with adventure and good advice.”

--Library Journal

"Outdoors folk in Oregon have long benefited from Dr. Chris Van Tilburgs skills as an emergency doctor and his selfless devotion to rescuing injured hikers and climbers as a volunteer for his local mountain rescue service. Now his other great skill--as a writer--has brought these exciting tales to the country at large. Chris captures the excitement of a rescue with the passion of a true mountaineer, and does so in highly readable prose."

--John Harlin III, Editor of The American Alpine Journal and author of The Eiger Obsession, Mount Rainier and  The Climber's Guide to North America

Christopher Van Tilburg, MD is an emergency room physician, a ski patrol doctor, an emergency wilderness physician, and a member of the Hood River Crag Rats, the oldest mountain rescue team in the country. When Dr. Van Tilburg's beeper goes off, the call may take him racing up a mountain peak to rescue an injured hiker, scaling a rocky ledge to intubate a hiker who has fallen over a cliff, into a blizzard to search for missing skiers, or to a mountain airplane crash scene for body recovery.

Dr. Van Tilburg's work requires a unique combination of emergency medicine, survival skills, agility, and extreme sports. In Mountain Rescue Doctor, Van Tilburg shares personal stories of harrowing and suspenseful rescues and recoveries, including the recent Mount Hood disaster, which claimed the lives of three climbers.  We learn about the tools and techniques of emergency wilderness medicine, as well as the feats of human strength and delicacy required to treat patients under extreme conditions. And finally, we confront some of the ethical challenges a wilderness physician faces in making tough choices about who can be saved and at what cost. Mountain Rescue Doctor is an exhilarating tour through the perils of nature and medicine.

Review:

"A resident of Hood River, Ore., an emergency room physician and a member of Crag Rats ('the first official volunteer mountain rescue group in the nation'), Van Tilburg (Emergency Survival: A Pocket Guide) has divided his fast-paced account of Mt. Hood rescues by season. In the winter, he explains the dangers of tree wells, patches of loose snow that can snare skiers and snowboarders. One hot Fourth of July, he takes a trek through icy black water in a box canyon, engineering the tricky retrieval of a cliff jumper with a back fracture. Detailing each rescue operation from the first call mobilizing teams of volunteers to grateful notes from the families of those rescued, Van Tilburg also offers snippets of environmental history and outdoor law. For readers who are unfamiliar with the rugged and beautiful Hood River area, he balances its undeniable perils with the joys of its scenic wonders, noting that 'the thrill of risk is an inseparable aspect of adventure sport.' 8 pages of color photos not seen by PW." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

“A fast-paced account of Mt. Hood. For readers who are unfamiliar with the rugged and beautiful Hood River area, [Van Tilburg] balances its undeniable perils with the joys of its scenic wonders . . .”

--Publishers Weekly

“Van Tilburgs dogged spadework in translating to the page the intricate essentials of his unique trade makes each breathtaking rescue literally come to life. Exhilarating take on the daily life of a unique brand of doctor.”

--Kirkus

“As a medical doctor, a previously published author (Backcountry Snowboarding; Introducing Your Kids to the Outdoors), and an adventure-sports devotee himself, Van Tilburg is uniquely qualified to describe the fears, excitement, frustration, and rewards of these searches. He examines the high costs of search-and-rescue operations and provides an interesting overview of the debate on whether victims should be held responsible for some of these costs. Young adults will likely enjoy this introduction to the field of wilderness medicine. Filled with adventure and good advice.”

--Library Journal

"Outdoors folk in Oregon have long benefited from Dr. Chris Van Tilburgs skills as an emergency doctor and his selfless devotion to rescuing injured hikers and climbers as a volunteer for his local mountain rescue service. Now his other great skill--as a writer--has brought these exciting tales to the country at large. Chris captures the excitement of a rescue with the passion of a true mountaineer, and does so in highly readable prose."

--John Harlin III, Editor of The American Alpine Journal and author of The Eiger Obsession, Mount Rainier and  The Climber's Guide to North America

About the Author

Author of seven previous books, Christopher Van Tilburg is a physician specializing in wilderness medicine. He lives with his daughters in Hood River, Oregon. For more information, see www.docwild.net.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312358877
Subtitle:
Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature
Author:
Van Tilburg, Christo
Author:
Van Tilburg, Christopher
Author:
Christopher Van Tilburg
Author:
Van, Christopher
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Outdoor Skills
Subject:
Emergency physicians
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Allied Health Services - Emergency Medical Services
Subject:
Rescue work -- United States.
Subject:
First Aid
Subject:
Emergency medicine
Subject:
Medical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071113
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page color photo insert
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.1 x 6.12 x 1.19 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A resident of Hood River, Ore., an emergency room physician and a member of Crag Rats ('the first official volunteer mountain rescue group in the nation'), Van Tilburg (Emergency Survival: A Pocket Guide) has divided his fast-paced account of Mt. Hood rescues by season. In the winter, he explains the dangers of tree wells, patches of loose snow that can snare skiers and snowboarders. One hot Fourth of July, he takes a trek through icy black water in a box canyon, engineering the tricky retrieval of a cliff jumper with a back fracture. Detailing each rescue operation from the first call mobilizing teams of volunteers to grateful notes from the families of those rescued, Van Tilburg also offers snippets of environmental history and outdoor law. For readers who are unfamiliar with the rugged and beautiful Hood River area, he balances its undeniable perils with the joys of its scenic wonders, noting that 'the thrill of risk is an inseparable aspect of adventure sport.' 8 pages of color photos not seen by PW." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,

“A fast-paced account of Mt. Hood. For readers who are unfamiliar with the rugged and beautiful Hood River area, [Van Tilburg] balances its undeniable perils with the joys of its scenic wonders . . .”

--Publishers Weekly

“Van Tilburgs dogged spadework in translating to the page the intricate essentials of his unique trade makes each breathtaking rescue literally come to life. Exhilarating take on the daily life of a unique brand of doctor.”

--Kirkus

“As a medical doctor, a previously published author (Backcountry Snowboarding; Introducing Your Kids to the Outdoors), and an adventure-sports devotee himself, Van Tilburg is uniquely qualified to describe the fears, excitement, frustration, and rewards of these searches. He examines the high costs of search-and-rescue operations and provides an interesting overview of the debate on whether victims should be held responsible for some of these costs. Young adults will likely enjoy this introduction to the field of wilderness medicine. Filled with adventure and good advice.”

--Library Journal

"Outdoors folk in Oregon have long benefited from Dr. Chris Van Tilburgs skills as an emergency doctor and his selfless devotion to rescuing injured hikers and climbers as a volunteer for his local mountain rescue service. Now his other great skill--as a writer--has brought these exciting tales to the country at large. Chris captures the excitement of a rescue with the passion of a true mountaineer, and does so in highly readable prose."

--John Harlin III, Editor of The American Alpine Journal and author of The Eiger Obsession, Mount Rainier and  The Climber's Guide to North America

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