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The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way Paperback – June 13, 2013
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The place that the book is extremely weak is in the area of alternative medicine, which would very likely be the area that a person needs to be strongest in if there really is a full collapse. Simply stocking up on pharmaceuticals is just not any kind of answer for the long-range disaster, primarily because of the fact that every single medical situation has to then be judged from a standpoint of rationing whatever you have, all orthodox pharmaceuticals will be looted before anything else, and in a nationwide (or worldwide) collapse, there will be a LOT of need for medical help.
Although the authors stress the need for hygiene, sanitation, wound cleansing, etc., the part that people really need to know is plant medicine. This is no fault of the authors - they just don't have the experience in the area, so the herbal "remedies" they list (and it is just that - bare lists) read like the typical plantain-on-bug-bites 'advice' that you can find on even the least herbal-literate websites. In other words, useless plant medicine knowledge if you really want to try to put it to the test that a post-disaster puts everything to.
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If you are already know basic first aid, you are pretty far down the road. The book is still useful, because of the tips the nurse gives about gardens and medical herbs. Further the Doc give you some pre-made letters for your Doctor to view. These are helpful in winning over a Doctors confidence in allowing you to stockpile critical meds, like diabetic sugar control, blood pressure control, etc.
Lastly there is a section on recommended books and research that will be really helpful for advancing your knowledge.
All in all, it was good to read the words of a Doctor and Nurse team that get it. They don't think anybody is a kook for preparing for a societal meltdown. They understand that within 48 hours, disease will be the greatest killer of people and build the book with that in mind.
One more "neat" thing is the Doctor maintains a website where he demonstrates many of the techniques that will be useful in survival medicine.
Four stars instead of five because I thought the book would have a bit more detailed information. But now I realize I should have read the title more clearly. It does say, "Survival Medicine Handbook," not "Doctorate Degree in Surgery." My bad.
This IS the place to start if you have no real knowledge of medicine. Ordering this book is recommended just for its resources on purchasing much needed supplies from "unusual sources."
You won't be sorry you bought it in any case.
I was really excited when I found Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy's website. They post articles on medical preparedness from a collapse scenario perspective. I still read (and link) their stuff...religiously!
The Survival Medicine Handbook is different in that the premise is no one is on the way! Most medical survival books will give the reader information on how to stabilize an injured person until they can receive professional medical treatment. But what if you are in a situation where that is not possible?
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I didn't quite finish it, but so far it is very well written und lots of good and useful information, that could be used in any situation where medical help is not readily... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Marcel Bruttger
For the most part it was helpful such as explaining herbs and their uses. It just seems that there was so much useful information left out?!?Published 12 days ago by brenda streiner
No book can replace actually getting good training. Yet, this book serves as a good guide and refresher for those that have gotten training. Read morePublished 27 days ago by B. Myers
I haven't finished this, but it's huge, it'll take me a while. However, it's indexed well enough that it could also be used to look things up when needed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KT
This book is filled with useful information. But the author takes a common sense approach to explaining his subject. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Best guide I have. Well written by two medical trauma professionals. Very well indexed. This should be in your library.Published 1 month ago by bcslack51