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In the survival hierarchy, medical is one of the last things you need (hopefully never need).
I have been many places and done many things. But I always plan carefully so as to minimize the chances of illness or injury. I have been largely successful and to a great degree, lucky. There have been a few times I should have been hurt really badly.
My interest in wilderness medicine (now often called austere medicine) started while backpacking in my early 20’s. I began to realize that beyond band aids I really had little clue about what to do if I got sick or injured. I remember having pepto bismol (Imodium was still a prescription drug in those days) and aspirin (ibuprofen was also still a prescription drug in those days) and that was about all.
In the military, we always had a medical person or persons attached, so I really never thought much about it other than the ritual of boiling plates and mess kits after eating. After all the war was cold (and so were the c-rations).
It turns out that around the same time, a group of mountaineering physicians were noticing they really did not know what to do either. They started figuring it out using science where available and expert opinion where there were gaps in science.
That was the birth of wilderness medicine, and of the Advanced Wilderness Life Support course.
Interested? Then click on the AWLS link at the top of this page and sign up today. Registration ends in two weeks, and there is no short cut to learning medicine. Somebody has to teach you.
Next time, communications.