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Wilderness Medicine, 6th: Beyond First Aid Paperback – November 6, 2012
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In a book this size (and it's small enough to pack), there are going to be some omissions and this book has them, but they are surprisingly few and what it does have more than compensates for the occasional oversight. Blessedly, there is a minimal amount of verbage wasted on basic stuff, like washing your hands and boiling your water and not relieving yourself in your water source. This book presumes you are not a complete idiot and, instead, largely confines itself to providing a good "hands on" instruction on how to deal with specific medical problems which can arise while you're fleeing the chaos. It does contain some information on what all to keep in your medical kit, though it is weak on providing acquisition options and sources. It is also somewhat weak on the issue of medication effects and usage, however, before you stick a copy of the "Merck Manual" or the "PDR" in your back pack, you might want to check out the (green tabbed) medication section in Hesperian's "Where There is No Doctor", which is the best "field guide" to that particular topic I've encountered (note that you can download that section from the Hesperian website). See my review of that book.
Bottomline, unless you have an "M.D." behind your name, don't go into the woods without this book in your pack.
Excellent resource on what to have in a prep bag or a first aid kit. Also invaluable info on what to do when an ED isn't close by or available.
My overarching takeaway is that it got me thinking of a lot of different situations I never considered that I could run into while backpacking and has me better prepared to deal with them.
He DOES rely on medical supplies previously stored ... and these will ultimately run out. However, if you stock up as he suggests, there is every probability that some semblance of normality may have returned before you have to start using cobwebs to clot wounds.
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Informative plus easy to understand.
Highly recommend this book for anyone that could end up in a disaster...Read more