Emerg Med J 19:314-317 doi:10.1136/emj.19.4.314
  • Original Article

Medicine in the heart of the Antarctic: 1908–2001

  1. H R Guly
  1. Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr H R Guly;
  • Accepted 31 January 2002


Prehospital care in the United Kingdom rarely lasts more than a few hours other than in exceptional circumstances (for example, mountain and cave rescue, oil rigs). In other parts of the world hospitals may be much more distant and in expeditions to remote areas, prehospital care may extend to days or even weeks. When this occurs, the boundaries between primary care and prehospital care blur.