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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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About the Author
Joseph Alton, MD practiced as a board-certified Obstetrician and Pelvic Surgeon for more than 25 years before retiring to devote his efforts to his new mission: To put a medical prepared person in every family for any disaster. He is an actively-licensed Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a retired fellow of the American College of Surgeons, has served as department chairman at local hospitals and as adjunct professor at local university nursing schools. He is a popular speaker at survival and preparedness conferences on the subject of medical readiness in austere times. A member of MENSA, Dr. Alton collects medical books from the 19th century to gain insight on off-the-grid medical protocols. Amy Alton, ARNP is an actively licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She has had years of experience working in large teaching institutions as well as smaller, family-oriented hospitals. Amy has extensive medicinal herb and vegetable gardens and works to include natural remedies into her strategies. She is also the designer of an entire line of medical kits and supplies, which can be found at store.doomandbloom.net. Dr. and Ms. Alton are regular contributors to American Survival Guide, Backwoods Home, Survival Quarterly, Prepare, Disaster Survival, Survivor’s Edge, and Survivalist magazines. Their website at www.doomandbloom.net has over 800 articles, podcasts, and videos on medical preparedness. As "Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy", they host a blog, YouTube channel, and radio program and are the designers of the board game “Doom and Bloom’s SURVIVAL”.
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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.
Bottom line, even if you've never picked up a tube of neosporin before, this book can definitely give you enough solid advice and "how to" tips to learn enough to help people (or yourself) when there's no one else to turn to. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this one!