How to Navigate the American Healthcare System: A Series

Well… Anywhere in the US, that is. In this first of a series of articles, I want to discuss communication. As we all know, communication is foundational to any good relationship. We also know that communication is not something we will ever perfect. We must continuously learn and evolve in how we relate to others,…

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Don’t Forget Those Pearly Whites

I was reminded of this just a few days ago. No, not on a camping trip or even in the wilds. It was, nonetheless, a good reminder to review my medical supplies. This is not the sexy side of wilderness medicine. What attracts most of us to the austere or wilderness medical setting is the…

What’s in a Name: Docwilderness

Why use the name Docwilderness for your blog? You don’t just write about the woods or camping, after all. In general, I answer that there is so much wilderness around us; why should I restrict what I write or talk about to just one area of the proverbial forest? More specifically, Webster’s dictionary defines wilderness…

Yellow Fever: Is Once a Lifetime Enough?

A recent article in the Journal Lancet, Long-term immunity against yellow fever in children vaccinated during infancy: a longitudinal cohort study, calls into question the 2013 World Health Organization (WHO) decision that a single dose of Yellow Fever vaccine is required for life-long immunity. Until 2013, the requirement was for a dose every 10 years…

Pre-Hospital Care in Mass Casualty Shootings–An Update

Update: In September of 2019, shortly after my post below, Capt. Brad Bennett published an update for the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) in the WMS magazine article titled, “Committee on Combat Casualty Care Updates and Expands Recommended Tourniquet List”. I wanted to repost my article with some updates and add a link…

Foraging

Have you or anyone you know ever gone out into the wild to pick blackberries, honeysuckle, rabbit tobacco or mushrooms? If you have, you have been foraging. A time honored tradition and, for millennia, one of the few ways humans could sustain themselves. It has not been, historically speaking, long since humans started farming and…

The House of Jesus: A Book Review

Having just finished reading this novel while on a cruise through the Caribbean, I had to write a review of this marvelous work. This book truly has something for every reader. If you are looking for a romance, the blossoming relationship between two of the main characters will keep you enthralled. If you are looking…

Yellow Fever: A Disease to Know

As of 2013, Yellow Fever killed 78,000 people annually in Africa with a total of 130,000 severe cases. It is still considered endemic in 34 African and in 13 South American countries. There were 11 cases imported to China from Angola in 2016, potentially exposing a large and unvaccinated population in China. These Yellow Fever…