- By: Matiram Pun
Given the increasing movement of populations to high altitudes, be it for tourism or pilgrimage, conferences or national security, it is good news that information is increasingly available. The official website of the International Society for Mountain Medicine (www.ismmed.org) gives information about mountain illnesses, with links to the literature, bookshops, and a comprehensive bibliography. It features abstracts from previous world congresses about mountain medicine and information about forthcoming meetings. Its subscription based membership system includes free access to the journal High Altitude Medicine and Biology.
The pioneer site for mountain medicine-www.uiaa.ch/index.aspx-has news relating to high altitude sports, environment conservation, and tourism and its own journal. For mountain medicine visit www.thebmc.co.uk/world/mm/mm0.htm. This gives information from such simple concepts as first aid, sunscreen, frostbite, and immunisation, to ideas such as climbing extreme altitudes and drug treatments for altitude related illnesses. It also offers a course leading to a diploma in mountain medicine.