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Mountain Rescue Doctor

Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature

By Christopher Van Tilburg

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Format: Paperback, 293 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 05 November 2008
Christopher Van Tilburg, MD is an emergency room physician, ski patrol doctor, emergency wilderness physician, and 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, 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. "Mountain Rescue Doctor" is an exhilarating tour through the perils of nature and medicine.

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER VAN TILBURG, M.D. is editor for Wilderness Medicine magazine and is a regular contributor to National Geographic Adventure, Backcountry, Columbia Gorge, among others. He is an emergency room and ski resort physician, and a member of the Hood River Crag Rats, the oldest mountain rescue team in the US. He has written seven books on the outdoors, and lives in Hood River, Oregon with his daughters.

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"Chris Van Tilburg works by day as an ER doctor in Hood River, OR. In Mountain Rescue Doctor, he recounts adrenaline-packed tales from one of his 'downtime' pursuits: saving lives as a high-peak Craig Rat." --Reader's Digest Editor's Choice"[Van Tilburg's] strength lies in what he teaches about mountain rescue and wilderness survival. Mountain Rescue Doctor is the story behind the headlines." --The Oregonian"Van Tilburg's 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 Chris Van Tilburg works by day as an ER doctor in Hood River, OR. "In Mountain Rescue Doctor," he recounts adrenaline-packed tales from one of his downtime' pursuits: saving lives as a high-peak Craig Rat. "Reader's Digest Editor's Choice" [Van Tilburg's] strength lies in what he teaches about mountain rescue and wilderness survival. "Mountain Rescue Doctor" is the story behind the headlines. "The Oregonian" Van Tilburg's 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"" "Chris Van Tilburg works by day as an ER doctor in Hood River, OR. "In Mountain Rescue Doctor," he recounts adrenaline-packed tales from one of his 'downtime' pursuits: saving lives as a high-peak Craig Rat."--"Reader's Digest Editor's Choice""[Van Tilburg's] strength lies in what he teaches about mountain rescue and wilderness survival. "Mountain Rescue Doctor" is the story behind the headlines.--"The Oregonian""Van Tilburg's 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" "Chris Van Tilburg works by day as an ER doctor in Hood River, OR. "In Mountain Rescue Doctor", he recounts adrenaline-packed tales from one of his 'downtime' pursuits: saving lives as a high-peak Craig Rat."--"Reader's Digest Editor's Choice""[Van Tilburg's] strength lies in what he teaches about mountain rescue and wilderness survival. "Mountain Rescue Doctor" is the story behind the headlines.--"The Oregonian" "Van Tilburg's 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" "Chris Van Tilburg works by day as an ER doctor in Hood River, OR. "In Mountain Rescue Doctor," he recounts adrenaline-packed tales from one of his 'downtime' pursuits: saving lives as a high-peak Craig Rat."--"Reader's Digest Editor's Choice""[Van Tilburg's] strength lies in what he teaches about mountain rescue and wilderness survival. "Mountain Rescue Doctor" is the story behind the headlines.--"The Oregonian" "Van Tilburg's 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"

EAN: 9780312358884
ISBN: 0312358881
Publisher: Griffin
Dimensions: 21.34 x 13.72 x 2.29 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is a great read for anyone who likes a little armchair adventure.

Chris van Tilburg recounts some of the rescues he has been involved in through his years in the Crag Rats, and many of them have the suspense that only a harsh environment and uncertain outcome can offer. From waterfall jumpers with spinal injuries, to lost hikers, missing snowboarders, and plane crashes, this book covers both the serious and the humorous. It also contains medical knowledge and wilderness survival tips for those contemplating undertaking such recreation in the great outdoors. On a personal note, the author shares how his passion for volunteer rescue impacts his marriage and family life, and how he manages his role of father, husband, doctor, and volunteer.

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