Jon Dallimore: medicine in the mountains
Jon Dallimore has practised expedition medicine around the world
Medicine. I was a keen walker and climber as a medical student, but I did not undertake any major expeditions until I had completed general practitioner training. I’ve been all over the world now, and my favourite places are the Nepalese Himalayas and east Africa. I’ve had about eight trips to each of these areas. I still have a long list of countries I’d like to visit: at the top of my list are Chile, Malawi, Ethiopia, Peru, and Bhutan.
I’ve had a few challenging problems in some remote areas. These include three cases of cerebral oedema on Mount Kenya; cases of heat exhaustion; severe campylobacter enteritis; being separated from our sherpa at 5000 m in a blizzard while crossing the Thorung Pass in Nepal; relocating a dislocated shoulder (three times) in Ecuador; being held up by bandits at gunpoint while working with the flying doctors; cases of frostbite and