The good news about this book is that chapter 31 provides instruction for the emergency care of your sick or injured mule (or llama). The bad news is that you will need a pack animal if you want to take it along on your wilderness experience. In fact, this book is not designed to be a field manual for emergency care. It is intended to be the definitive text on wilderness and environmental medicine, and it is my opinion that the editors have done an outstanding job in achieving this goal.
In addition to the expected presentations on the various toxic flora, fauna, and environmental extremes encountered in the outdoors, I was delighted to find chapters on search and rescue, disaster management, aeromedical transport, infectious diseases, veterinary medicine, and medical-legal issues. The discussions are detailed and topical, but in a style that is clear and accessible. The chapter organization is