Altitude Illness: Prevention & Treatment


Altitude Illness: Prevention & Treatment
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Altitude Illness: Prevention & Treatment
Manufacturer Stephen Bezruchka M.D.
Page By skotty
Page Type Feb 6, 2007 / Feb 6, 2007
Object ID 2527
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Book Overview

This new edition provides the latest information on prevention and treatment of altitude illness-from preparing for altitude to recognizing and treating the symptoms of acute mountain sickness, including high altitude pulmonary and cerebral edemas. Suited for both novice and seasoned hikers, climbers, trekkers, and skiers, Altitude Illness, nd Edition, also includes an updated examination of how altitude interacts with certain drugs, a new section on using the web to find more information about altitude illness, and much more.

· Updated guidelines for people going to altitude (heights above 7,000 feet) with pre-existing health conditions such as heart conditions, diabetes, and cancer

· A handy glossary and easy-to-read tables covering symptoms and signs, altitude illness, and high altitude drugs

· Case studies of real situations and a question-and-answer section help readers better understand general issues about altitude and its effects, and more

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Chapter 1: Adapting to High Altitude
Chapter 2: What is Altitude Illness
Chapter 3: Preventing Altitude Illness
Chapter 4: Diagnosing Altitude Illness
Chapter 5: Treatment of Altitude Illness
Chapter 6: Going to Altitude with a Preexisting Health Condition
Chapter 7: Preparing to Go to Altitude
Chapter 8: Case Studies
Chapter 9: Questions and Answers
Table 1. Symptoms and Signs
Table 2. Altitude Illness
Table 3. High Altitude Drugs

About the Author

Stephen Bezruchka has been a member of the faculty since 1993. He is affiliated with the International Health Track, (MPH program) and the Community-oriented Public Health Practice Program. He has spent over 10 years in Nepal working in various health programs, teaching in remote regions. He works currently as an emergency physician in Seattle area hospitals.

MD - Medicine - Stanford University, 1973
MPH - International Health - Johns Hopkins University, 1993
AM - Mathematics - Harvard University, 1967
BSc - Mathematics and Physics - University of Toronto (Canada), 1966

Bezruchka is also the author of The Pocket Doctor, 3rd Edition, Trekking in Nepal: A Traveler's Guide, 7th Edition, and Nepali for Trekkers.

Book Details

Paperback: 156 pages
Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 2nd edition (September 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0898866855
ISBN-13: 978-0898866858



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skotty - Feb 6, 2007 10:20 pm - Voted 5/5

Concise and practical
This LITTLE book is a great to-the-point guide regarding diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of all types of altitude illness. Many other books about altitude on the market get a bit too deep into the medical science to be practical for an on-the go guide, or they are a bit too sparse, leaving the reader with some ambiguity when its needed least. Neither is the case with this book; it provides just the right level of detail.

The book's author is a distinguished medical doctor in the field of altitude illness and a mountaineer who has spent a significant amount of time working in the Himalaya. He presents the info as mountaineers need it. In particular, a few tables and decision trees are particularly helpful for quick diagnosis and treatment of the various ailments found at altitude.

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