Here are various medical books that can help you, your family, and your friends survive the coming apocalypse (or just a mini-disaster). We recommend your survival bookshelf contains a minimum of these titles.
Department of the Army’s First Aid Manual: TC 4-02.1 (PDF) – Because medical personnel will not always be readily available, nonmedical Soldiers must rely on themselves and other Soldiers’ skills and knowledge of first aid methods to render aid until medical assistance arrives This publication is meant to be used by trainers and individuals being trained based on common first aid tasks. Tasks are found in the Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks, Warrior Skills Level 1, and appropriate modified tasks. These tasks are meant to reinforce and maintain proficiency in correct procedures for giving first aid throughout a Soldier’s time in Service.
If it’s good enough for the Army – it’s good enough for you!
Emergency War Surgery (PDF) – This 2004 Emergency War Surgery, 3rd United States Revision is written for the combat physician operating away from sophisticated medical support. This edition contains new material that updates the management of war wounds and is filled with over 150 specially drawn illustrations. Equally important is the use of an outline, bulleted format that is more concise than previous editions. The intent is that if given a choice of bringing a SINGLE book on a rapid or prolonged deployment, today’s military surgeon would choose this edition over any other trauma book.
Let’s hope you never have to use this book!
Medicine for the Outdoors – Since 1986, Medicine for the Outdoors has been hailed as the definitive take-along manual on the subject. Packed with step-by-step instructions and how-to explanations, this updated edition tells you the best way to respond to just about any medical problem. Logically organized, simple-to-understand enhanced illustrations and an increased focus on new topics mean this medical reference book may literally save your life. Whether you’re venturing into mountains, deserts, forests, or out to sea, it belongs in your pack! “A comprehensive guide to basically anything that could go wrong, or needs to medically managed whilst in out and about.” Reviewed by: Dr Stevan R Bruijns, Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at University of Cape Town.
This book is 560 pages. If you carry it in your bug out bag, you will be able to reference treatment for the back pain from slugging it around!
Physicians’ Desk Reference Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs – This book offers an A-Z listing of more than 1,000 brand-name and generic drugs, all based on FDA-approved information. It tells you what each drug is used for, side effects, etc. This is the book many doctors use to answer their own drug-related questions.
If you are ever in a down-and-out situation, needing to help someone (or yourself) with drugs that you don’t know do what, when, and to what effect, you’ll be thankful to have this book on your survival bookshelf.
Survival Medicine Handbook – The expanded third edition of the 3 category Amazon bestseller (Survival Skills, Disaster Relief, Safety/First Aid) is geared to enable the non-medical professional to deal with all the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic short or long-term scenarios. The third (2016) edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other so-called “survival” medical books, it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family. The Survival Medicine Handbook will give you the tools, in plain English, to competently handle injuries and illness for any situation that leaves you as the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical well-being.
Where There is No Doctor (PDF) – This book, and Where There is No Dentist, are two of the absolute critical books that any serious prepper will own. They are used as reference books in third world countries all over the world. Hesperian’s classic manual, Where There Is No Doctor, is arguably the most widely-used health care manual in the world. Useful for health workers, clinicians, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs, with millions of copies in print in more than 75 languages, the manual provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent common diseases. Special attention is focused on nutrition, infection and disease prevention, and diagnostic techniques as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems.
Where There is No Dentist (PDF) – Community health workers, educators and individuals from around the world use Where There Is No Dentist to help people care for their teeth and gums. This book’s broad focus makes it an invaluable resource. The author uses straightforward language and careful instructions to explain how to: examine patients, diagnose common dental problems, make and use dental equipment, use local anesthetics, place fillings, and remove teeth.
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