Behind every rugged mountain ascent or casual Sunday stroll are potential bee stings, ankle sprains, and poison-ivy rashes. Anyone who encounters any of these common problems will be grateful for having spent 48 minutes watching Medicine for the Outdoors and learning what first-aid equipment to pack routinely (even for casual strolls), as well as how to treat a whole catalog of ''common illnesses and injuries that occur in the wild.'' The list runs from blisters to spinal injury, from snakebites to head wounds.
Presiding over the instruction with great care and thoroughness is Dr. Paul Auerbach, a cofounder of the Wilderness Medical Society. Auerbach provides specific suggestions for medical equipment and medication and sources for hard-to-find gear. Altogether, the tape is an absolute must for active outdoors people. A