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  • #1009

    Wolf Brother

    My Boney Fidos
    Boy Scout First Aid Merit badge
    Civil Defense/American Red Cross Adult First Aid
    Civil Defense/American Red Cross Student First Aid
    Sheriffs office affiliate Search and Rescue team member
    May 1970 Graduated from High School
    June – #2 draft pick
    July – due to Uncle Sam picking me #2 in his draft started becoming a .mil Medic.

    Hospital and Field trained medic.
    In hospital worked in the ICU/CCU unit, General Medicine clinic (now called Family Practice) and ER. Was remote site qualified and within limits was allowed to Diagnose and prescribe till we got our first batch of PA’s in. Was sent to ER.
    1971 was detached to a Ranger Unit, was awarded the honorific of Doc, and a Combat Medic Badge.

    While in college worked as a FireFighter/EMT/Rescue, taught new EMTs at local Jr. College.

    Am a member of Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA). Currently NO active certifications but do have a head full of knowledge and experience.


    A list of medical books you might want to have/read/study before bad times happen.

    MY OPINION – If you work thru the free list, in the order it appears, you will obtain a broad range of good medical knowledge, starting with the basics then working up. The first 5 are downloadable for free. The rest, as noted below, cost.

    If you wish to spend money ALSO as you work thru the lists then:
    Wilderness and Survival Medicine 2014: 2nd Edition
    Emergency Dentistry Handbook: Providing Dental Care In Disaster Areas, Combat Zones, and Other Austere Environments
    fit in at the same level as the “Where There Is No xxxx” books

    However, without training and practice……………..
    Remember, a BOOK a COOK does not make.
    If you have time/money etc – take the Red Cross 1st Aid courses, join a CERT team, GET TRAINING.

    Survival and Austere Medicine: An introduction V3

    Where There Is No Doctor
    Where There Is No Dentist

    Books and Resources

    The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide

    2007 Ranger Medic Handbook

    Save Lives Save Limbs

    «Save Lives, Save Limbs. Life support to victims of mines, wars, and accident»



    BEGIN the you have to pay money for these section.

    The following two books were recommended as being better than the Where There Is No books listed above.
    One of the primary authors of Survival and Austere Medicine: An introduction V3 made the recommendations.

    I do not have nor have I read them but I’ll the recommendation as being a good one

    Wilderness and Survival Medicine 2014: 2nd Edition

    Emergency Dentistry Handbook: Providing Dental Care In Disaster Areas, Combat Zones, and Other Austere Environments

    Ditch Medicine
    Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies (Paperback)
    Hugh Coffee
    ISBN-10: 1581603908
    ISBN-13: 978-1581603903

    Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook (Book Only Edition) (Ring-bound)

    AND NOW:
    Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook, 2nd Edition (Paperback)

    I have both (including the 1st edition companion CD).
    The 1st. has stuff the 2nd does not have.
    The 2nd. has stuff the 1st does not have.
    If you can afford it – my opinion – get both.

    HOWEVER, the original Special Force’s medical guide was completely supplanted by the SOF medical handbook noted above.

    The following are some quotes about the original SF manual:

    “That manual is a relic of sentimental and historical interest only, advocating treatments that, if used by today’s medics, would result in disciplinary measures,” wrote Dr. Warner Anderson, a U.S. Army Colonel (ret.) and former associate dean of the Special Warfare Medical Group.

    “The manual you reference is of great historical importance in illustrating the advances made in SOF medicine in the past 25 years. But it no more reflects current SOF practice than a 25 year-old Merck Manual reflects current Family Practice. In 2007, it is merely a curiosity.”

    “Readers who use some of the tips and remedies could potentially cause harm to themselves or their patients.”

    In order to use that manual, you would have to already know what is still useful vs what isn’t. I have a copy and I know the parts that are and aren’t. It’s still a fascinating read, especially the parts that are in there that “would result in disciplinary measures”.

    Fundamental Skills in Surgery [Hardcover]
    By Thomas F. Nealon, William H. Nealon
    ISBN-13 : 9780721664606
    Binding : Hardcover
    Pages : 468
    Publisher : W.B. Saunders Company

    Fundamental Skills for Surgery
    Richard Perry
    ISBN13: 9780074713358,
    ISBN10: 0074713353,
    Division: Professional,
    Pub Date: OCT-08,
    Pages: 320
    Edition: 02

    ALL of the following books are in use over the world by those who are not necessarily trained in surgery to perform any number of surgeries.

    These 3 books are in the “Buy these to round out your already extensive Medical Library” category.
    They are a bit pricey. The wikipedia source for copy/paste into Word/Print is incomplete.

    Primary Surgery: Non-Trauma v.1: Non-Trauma Vol 1 (Paperback)
    by Maurice King (Editor), Peter C. Bewes (Editor), James Cairns (Editor), Jim Thornton (Editor)
    Paperback: 656 pages
    Publisher: OUP Oxford; New edition edition (14 Jun 1990)
    Language English
    ISBN-10: 0192616943
    ISBN-13: 978-0192616944


    Trauma: 2 (Primary Surgery) (Paperback)
    by Maurice H. King (Author)
    Paperback: 381 pages
    Publisher: OUP Oxford (22 Jan 1987)
    Language English
    ISBN-10: 019261598X
    ISBN-13: 978-0192615985


    Primary Anaesthesia (Primary Surgery) (Paperback)
    by Maurice H. King (Author)
    Paperback: 288 pages
    Publisher: OUP Oxford (19 Jun 1986)
    Language English
    ISBN-10: 0192615920
    ISBN-13: 978-0192615923


    One additional book suggested by one whom I know to be knowledgeable. I do not have the book nor have I read it.
    It is on my list to get books.
    Atlas of Minor Surgery
    I.D. Cracknell & M.G. Mead
    Publisher: W.B. Saunders Company, 1 edition (June 1998)
    ISBN-10: 0443053049
    ISBN-13: 978-0443053047
    Pages: 86

    Available in German as well: http://www.amazon.com/Kleine-Chirurgie-Ian-D-Cracknell/dp/3456831315/

  • #1035


    What a great list. Regardless of what you’ve all read, go get training! I found Wilderness First Aid to be a great adjunct to my CERT and Military training. Skills are really important. I can grab books and look up stuff all day but being able to do a pressure bandage on a wound that’s bleeding out? That’s priceless!

  • #1048

    Wolf Brother

    You’re right about training that’s why I wrote:
    However, without training and practice……………..
    Remember, a BOOK a COOK does not make.
    If you have time/money etc – take the Red Cross 1st Aid courses, join a CERT team, GET TRAINING.

    I started this list maybe as far back as 1995, it has grown and changed over the years.

    The list originally was started to give people new to Prepping who were asking where can I get the knowledge a place to go.

  • #1051


    Any edition of “Nursing drug reference book” is must have as a part of your medical prepping.

    You can find it really cheap.

  • #1060

    Crow Bar

    @Wolf Brother,
    100% on the get the training and experience.
    There are a lot of preppers out there who think they have the book, or worse yet, the PDF, they will be able to do it. They will just pull those out when the time comes.
    A bit different when your patient is a real, living breathing, and in pain person.

    I got my EMT-B and took the Wilderness EMT cert from NOLS.
    You want to know what medicine will look like with no moderen facilities, the Wilderness course was it.

    I would add

    Medicine for Mountaineering & Other Wilderness Activities

    Control of Communicable Diseases Manual

    Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

  • #8126


    These are all good books. I am a retired medical assistant and have some knowlege of the medical field. I have read a few of those books and have some of them as well. I need to get a new PDR as mine is very old. My problem right now is when the Doctor I worked for retired, he gave me a great deal of medical supplies. Such as bandages and things. So I really need to go through all that now and build on it. He also told me to go through the sample closet and get the meds my husband and I take. That has helped me to keep a 120 day supply of our meds at all times over the past 5 years. We buy our meds on a 3 month supply. So being able to double that was good. I have a couple of blood pressure cuffs and such as well. So as I go through my closets I will be pulling all the medical things out and laying them out on bed to go through. Might use some 5 gal. buckets for the bandages and such in order to keep them together better. I have knee braces and hand braces as well. You just never know what you might need when the time comes. I got lucky on my medical supplies and am very thankful for the doctor that gave it all to me.

  • #8143


    Check out this page https://restartcivilization.org/cheat-sheets-and-quick-reference-guides/

    The medical cheatsheets of human anatomy here are very, very useful. https://permacharts.com/collections/medicine-anatomy-reference-charts




  • #8447


    That’s fantastic information! Thank you!

  • #8494


    All first aid skills need real life practice with on self and others.  Can read all you want without doing its useless. Even doing  first aid class is just learning, volenteer on ambulance/firefighter nothing beats real life stress and practice.

  • #29568

    rob stef

    Good list. covers all my list plus a couple. Last 20 yrs my EMS experience has been in a poor rural setting, it;s forced me to make some interesting work arounds but never had a MD give anything but complements on resourcefulness . my average transport time is 3-12 hrs to nearest hospital and never lost a patient that was alive when I arrived. I wholeheartedly recommend volunteering in rural areas, first because we need help but second is that it gives you far more practice than in a city where you you have a patient for 30 min tops.You get to see the results of your interventions in keeping people alive.This is important for disaster situations where you may not be able to get them to a Md, experience helps keep you calm and focused.

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