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Media Alert: Paul Auerbach, M.D., Leading Expert on Hazardous Marine Animals, Available for Comment on Stingray Dangers

Media Alert: Paul Auerbach, M.D., Leading Expert on Hazardous Marine Animals, Available for Comment on Stingray Dangers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 09/05/06 -- The tragic and untimely death of Steve Irwin, Australia's "Crocodile Hunter," who died yesterday after the venomous barb of a stringray punctured his heart, has caused considerable concern over these normally placid creatures. Every form of media, from the Internet to television news, is covering numerous aspects of the wildlife enthusiast's death.

Paul Auerbach, M.D., a foremost expert in hazardous marine animals, is available to comment to press about the dangers of stingrays and other sea life. Dr. Auerbach, a Clinical Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center; Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for Healthline; and Founder of the Wilderness Medical Society, is the recipient of an Apex Award of Excellence for his book, "A Medical Guide to Hazardous Marine Life," and also received a DAN (Divers Alert Network) America Award. Dr. Auerbach is author of the leading outdoor medicine handbook for laypersons, "Medicine for the Outdoors." He also served as advisor on the "2000 DAN Pocket Guide to First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries" and for the 2000 DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries training program.

Dr. Auerbach writes the popular "Medicine for the Outdoors" blog on, the first search engine built specifically to deliver quality, medically relevant search results with navigation tools to help consumers find, understand and manage health information. Today Dr. Auerbach wrote a lengthy post on the tragic Steve Irwin incident, which includes a brief medical tutorial on stingrays, adapted from a chapter about hazardous marine animals in the forthcoming fifth edition of "Wilderness Medicine," the definitive textbook for which he serves as editor:

For more information or to speak with Dr. Auerbach, please contact Krista Van Lewen of Healthline at 415-281-3110.

Krista Van Lewen

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