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Mountain rescue doctor : wilderness medicine in the extremes of nature

by Van Tilburg, Christopher.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection RC88.9.M6 V37 2007
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction RC88.9.M6 V37 2007
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 610.695 V35
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Northland Public Library Nonfiction 616.0252 V26
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Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 616.0252 V
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"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 . . ."

--"Publisher's Weekly"

"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."


"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 Tilburg's 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Given the opportunity to be lowered into a hundred-foot-deep mountainside fissure barely wide enough for a human, most people would demur. Not emergency-room physician Van Tilburg. He'll go down there in the rain, carrying a stretcher and a backpack of medical supplies, trusting that the guy at the top won't let go of the rope and send him plummeting to certain death. What's more, he'll go down there often, frequently against the wishes of his long-suffering wife and family, and he'll go for free. What? Is this guy nuts? Well, maybe. Somebody must be crazy enough, however, and addicted to adrenaline highs to conduct rescues when folks get into bad situations in rugged terrain. Any of Van Tilburg's accounts could be the stuff of a Sunday-night TV movie, including their behind-the-scenes glimpses of family and team issues (yes, multiple rescuers are involved). Perhaps an unintended lesson here is to follow one's dream, for Van Tilburg found a way to combine medicine and his love of extreme sports.--Chavez, Donna Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly 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. (Nov. 13) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Van Tilburg, Christopher.
Mountaineering injuries -- United States.
Mountaineering accidents -- United States.
Rescue work -- United States.
Emergency physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description x, 293 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 0312358873
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