The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way 3rd Edition
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The book talks about different diseases, how to handle sanitation, etc. But simple things like fevers receive almost no coverage. They tell you what temperature range to look for, and symptoms of things like Dengue Fever... and that's it. No treatment tips, not even mentioned to take medication. Things like the common flu are missing too, which can become a bigger issue in a grid-down situation (which this book is obsessed with).
Overall, this should be used as a supplement (and ONLY a supplement) to an existing book/preparedness. Not a comprehensive resource, and many of the things they recommend require preps you probably wouldn't have normally. If you want to start a preparedness library, start elsewhere. Start with a basic first aid book (American College of Emergency Physicians has a good one on Amazon for $12), and build out a basic kit.
I don't have their previous editions, but from what I can gather, the authors have significantly expanded their scope in this 3rd edition. It won't make you a doctor, but it will equip you with the vital medical skills needed when there is little or no chance of finding a doctor. The book is written by a medical doctor and an advanced nurse practitioner. It is in layman's terms; all skills and procedures are explained in a simple, straightforward way. Topics include Preparedness; Cleanliness; Triage; Assessment; all manner of Infections; Natural Disasters; Maritime Survival; Biological Warfare & Radiation Sickness; Injuries; Bites; Chronic Medical Conditions such as management of Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disease; CPR; Pregnancy; Anxiety & Depression; Dental Issues; Medication.
The only downside I can find is the size and weight of the book (H229mm × W153mm × 39mm spine, mass = 1040g). (Approximately H 9" × W 6" × 1.5" spine, mass = 2.29lb). It's not the kind of weight you would like in your bug-out-bag, but all things considered, I would be comforted to know I had this resource close at hand. Maybe the publishers can use finer paper next time? At 671 pages (including photos and diagrams), this is a valuable, yet weighty reference book. Keep one on your bookshelf!!
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Joseph Alton and Amy Alton
ISBN 978 098887 2554
Now this is another book that causes issues to us other here in the UK, as the book is written by an American for an American market. Which for the UK or Europe market normally misses the mark massively? When you see “made in mericia” this side of the pond we expect the first line in the book on first aid is. “Walk up to patient with your shotgun in hand”. Or “Using your Glock to make suture holes to sew the patient up, we recommend 5.56 for this role!” The whole imperial thing we also find hilarious as well, take a 10cc syringe and inject 3 oz of blah blah, lol.
So now we know Pete is not a great fan of American books you will be surprised to know he paid £20 for this one and had Amazon ship it to Blighty. Such is the faith I have in these two writers after watching many of their you tube videos.
When you get this book in your hands for the first time you are suddenly struck with the fact this is not the normal American waffle manuals we see so often. These people use their words wisely and with purpose. As people that really have thought on every word, had the book edited professionally and had a large about of reworking done so we have a book I want to read.
The next massive surprise in this work is the list of topics covered. Many only cover deep wounds and bullet holes but we have here bones, sprains and child birth (not in the same chapter.
Both writers clearly make a case for this book at the beginning which is well aimed. A book for when help is not coming, not as uncommon as you would think either.
You are not going to read chapter four and know how to do a gall stone operation but you do have the information to deal with that situation or before its required, learn where to get further information and ideas from.
Practically speaking the book is well written, well presented. Has a clear font and text and is an easy on the eye read. There is few pictures or drawings but that’s ok as it’s an informational book not a do it your self guide. This is the book where beginners like me need to start our medical home training.
So to summarise, yes its American but I don’t hold that against them. Its well written and clear and a great reference guide. In Europe on Amazon its roughly around £20 and well worth it at that cost, I would say its easily still worth while at £25, if you can find a 2nd edition for less then get that too its still worth it.