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Bear-inflicted human injury and fatality.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10442155     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This review attempts to summarize credible scientific information, and to dispel myths, regarding bear attacks. Publications in the scientific literature were sought through a Medline search and by reviewing the bibliographies of related books and scientific articles. Personal experience and interviews with authorities were also used in preparation of this review, although only published articles or books are cited. This is a summary of case series reported or observed elsewhere. Bear-inflicted human injury and death is rare. Brown bear attacks tend to be severe and to occur suddenly, without provocation. Black bear attacks usually result in minor injuries and tend to be predacious. Polar bear attacks are exceedingly rare, and the ferocity of polar bears has probably been overemphasized. Bear-inflicted wounds should be treated as major trauma in accordance with advanced trauma life support guidelines. This information may be useful in counseling patients with regard to prevention of injury or death from bear attack.
T Floyd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Wilderness & environmental medicine     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1080-6032     ISO Abbreviation:  Wilderness Environ Med     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-21     Completed Date:  1999-10-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505185     Medline TA:  Wilderness Environ Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-87     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal*
Health Behavior
North America / epidemiology
Species Specificity
Ursidae* / classification,  psychology
Wounds and Injuries* / epidemiology,  prevention & control,  therapy

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