So what is the best thing to do when your bike goes down and you suffer a patch of road rash? When it happens, how do you prevent infection and minimize scarring? Answers to these questions, and practical advice on many other medical situations facing motorcyclists (and others) are in an all-new book from flash gordon, m.d., the motorcycling physician, just published by Whitehorse Press.
For years, motojournalist flash gordon, m.d. (and yes, that is his real name . . . no caps, please) has been dispensing practical medical advice with a liberal dose of dry humor through his popular "Medical Motorcycling" columns. His earlier writings were so popular that Whitehorse Press published them in the 1995 book, Blood, Sweat and Gears, where they found a faithful and growing following. To bring this valuable series up-to-date, a collection of his more recent articles has been organized into this second and larger book, aptly named Blood, Sweat & 2nd Gear.
Motorcyclists are a special class: as one of them, dr. gordon recognizes typical behavior patterns and pitfalls of the breed. He explains how some habits (bad posture, a love of rich road food, smoking) can lead to problems in the future, which may reduce or eliminate riding pleasure forever. Riding can also cause hypothermia, fatigue, numb hands, constipation, monkey butt, and many other conditions, and dr. gordon covers these problems in detail. He explains what signs to look for, what precautions and actions to take, when a 3 a.m. visit to the local emergency room is entirely justified, or whether a wait-and-see approach is indicated.
Since 1978, dr. gordon has been practicing both emergency and primary care medicine in the San Francisco Bay area. During that time, he has also been a daily motorcycle rider and commuter. As a doctor who rides motorcycles, dr. gordon combines knowledge gained from many years of medical practice with the straightforward, no-nonsense style of a veteran rider. He has the knack for explaining medical conditions and injuries in plain language that makes sense, and often provides a good chuckle, too. He sees his writing as a way to educate people on taking better care of their bodies so they may stay healthy and active longer. Riders of all ages - in fact, anyone with a human body - will find value in this book and its practical advice.