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Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook Paperback – June 1, 2001
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. Very detailed index of terms.
. Trade names of generic drugs.
. SOF Medical Handbook Abbreviations.
. Physical/Mental Conditions.
Now there aren't many diagrams or pictures, BUT the ones that are in there are VERY helpful. This book wasn't necessarily designed to be a pictorial demonstration of how to perform medical procedures. The print is kind of small, so I wouldn't use this as a field guide.. but more of a reference to sit and study to assist in diagnosis. When I say that this book is jam packed with information, its JAM PACKED! Of course there are plenty of blank pages at the end to make notes if you choose to do so.
Also, this is the Second Edition.. which is updated through 2008. That said, it has a lot of information about PTSD and common mental conditions with today's combat veterans. A handful of techniques are explained in regards to moving bodies and using casualty baskets. I was ultimately surprised that it went into dentistry with such detail.. which was awesome. What it comes down to is this.. GET THIS BOOK! Especially for the price, it can save a life and keep your family safe when 911 or emergency units aren't available.
The good things: It can guide someone through a procedure (with pictures in some cases). There's one on child-birthing, amputations, various surgeries, etc.
Depending on one's medical experience and/or patience with the book/practical use.....the book contains small/minor medical knowledge to the stuff you hear and see about in the movies. For those wondering if they could add it to a BoB or similar: it weights a couple of pounds and it takes up space. I have a BoB but haven't decided if I'm going to add it or not.
If you decide to buy this, it will provide lots of great medical knowledge. From a Medic standpoint, when you don't use skills and knowledge you lose them. Having this to fall back on to remind your brain every now and again would prove invaluable.