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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Process (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934170119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934170113
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gerard S. Doyle is a practicing ER physician on faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is also a certified public health-trained disaster planner. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and children.

Customer Reviews

I very recently picked up this book for it looked really interesting.
John Thomas...
I found this to have plenty of good information beyond what I expected which was more or less a first aid manual.
Smith, G
I wouldn't go as far to say it wasn't helpful ... just not as much as a I expected.
Cal Zant

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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful By John Thomas... TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2010
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I very recently picked up this book for it looked really interesting. Unlike most other books that I have reviewed of a certain genre, I should in all fairness first say that I do not own any other book of this variety, so consequently I have no experience with any other books of its type to compare it to. All I can do it offer a clear an objective opinion on the book as it stands alone.

Personally I have found this book to be extremely informative and interesting. It should be understood that this is not a book that speaks all that much about cuts and bruises, but real life emergency situations where lives could very easily be at stake. Its title is very much right on in that it prepares and instructs one as clear and easily as possible as to what to do, and how to handle a series of very traumatic medical emergencies. In other words, it is designed more for when their really isn't a doctor to either be found, or when there will be a long time between the emergency situation, and actually getting hold of a medical professional. It is very helpful in informing one as to what should be in your home or whatever place you will be keeping this book as to what supplies, equipment, and medicines should be kept on hand just in case. And it does clearly and as plainly as possible explain the procedure for dozens of truly emergency situations and trauma. On the other hand, it is not a book that will either describe or recommend that you attempt to pull out your own tonsils to save some time and cash.
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174 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Cal Zant on June 27, 2010
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I have read a couple titles from the Process Self-reliance Series, and they were impressive. However, after reading this one cover-to-cover ... it was a disappointment. I wouldn't go as far to say it wasn't helpful ... just not as much as a I expected. After I read this book, I purchased "Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to Emergency Medical Procedures and First Aid" by Paul Auerbach ... and that book was REALLY GOOD. It contained a lot more of what I was expecting from this book (i.e. practical instructions for advanced medical aid). What was helpful from this book was comprehensive info on preventive measures for disaster scenarios, and a pretty comprehensive list for medical supplies to have in a well-stocked first aid kit (based on the author's years of experience in the ER).
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Baja James on May 26, 2010
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When there is no doctor is a very good overview of austere and disaster medicine preparation, it is not however a how to manual. Nor is it one you would read after grid crash. It is a book that the intent is to point you in the right directions do learn and read more and to get supplies together. Of unusual content is the fact that the book touches on veterinary medicine post grid crash. I would highly recommend that everyone read this book.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Miss Frizzle on July 13, 2012
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First off, the title of this book is misleading - it is obviously meant to trick people into purchasing this book when they search for the REAL book titled "Where There Is No Doctor". Add a small typeface and people who are in a rush, and BAM you've bought yourself a useless kindle book.

Secondly, the entire book reads like a preface. It's the first chapter before the REAL book starts. But that REAL book never materializes. It goes over WHY you should learn basic medical skills. Over and over and over. Beating a dead horse. Without. Ever. Teaching. You. Anything.

Anyone purchasing this book is already familiar with all the situations that may lead to SHTF. I can't imagine how this book would help anyone actually going through that type of situation. Except perhaps to start a fire or sop up blood.

At best, it could be considered a reference book when seeking places to actually GET information. It lists the Red Cross and St John Ambulance. Online courses. Courses at your local college. Other books. Seriously?

Sigh. I seriously can't believe I wasted my money on this. If I thought there might be a way to get a refund from this Kindle purchase, I definitely would. It has a misleading title, and is one evening's read chocked full of NOTHING.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Peter Glaskowsky on October 13, 2010
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This is a good book, but it may not be the one you're looking for. This title is confusingly similar to that of a different and truly great book: Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook

The latter is primarily a treatment of public health management in the Third World, whereas Dr. Doyle's book is more about self-reliant medical care. There's significant overlap, but one book is not a substitute for the other, and I wish Dr. Doyle had chosen a more clearly unique title.

If you're interested in this book, you may also wish to get Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gini on April 23, 2012
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For anyone looking for "where there is no doctor", the NOT THE REMOTE AREA MEDICAL REFERENCE GUIDE, THIS IS NOT IT. This book will not help you with medical advice in places where there is no professional care available.

That version of Where there is no doctor is published by the nonprofit org Hesperian. It's not available on Kindle (yet) but it can be bought in book/CD form or downloaded for free on the Hesperian site.

Hesperian can be a little hard to navigate, try also: [...] or google 'download where there is no doctor'
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