As part of the Society’s commitment to supporting those planning field research and expeditions, the RGS-IBG has a specialist advice unit, the Expedition Medical Cell.
The RGS-IBG Expedition Medical Cell provides a forum for discussion, information and advice to those operating in remote areas.
Members of the Medical Cell have produced a number of publications providing medical advice to anyone operating in challenging environments.
The acclaimed Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (OUP, 2nd edition 2015) which can be purchased from Geography Outdoors, provides information on preventing and treating medical problems in challenging environments.
An earlier publication RGS-IBG Expedition Medicine Manual (Profile books, 2002) is available on-line, and individual chapters downloaded here
Pre expedition medical planning
Medical problems of environmental extremes
The Medical Cell also provides guidelines and advice on a range of topics including
First Aid Training: suggested curriculum
Children at Altitude
Acclimatisation guidelines for Mount Kilimanjaro (PDF)
Advice for those looking to get into expedition medicine at any level.
Expedition Medical Professionals
For those seeking expedition medical training
A list of Expedition Medical Training providers can be found on our Delicious links directory
Advice on what to include in your expedition medical training.
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