As I educate myself in this area to fill that gap, I have found a couple doctors that have branched away from run of the mill medicine and is publically working to educate the ‘Prepper Community’ on survival medicine for when professional medical treatment is unavailable. These guys have been invaluable for me and I link to their posts regularly in my daily updates.
one of my go-to guys is Dr James Hubbard, or as we know him here, The Survival Doctor. Last week he sent me a couple of pre-release copies of two books that came out today on Amazon.
The first book is called The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds. It’s a 47 page book that focuses on the triage and treatment of basic wounds, from minor cuts to stab and puncture wounds, and everything inbetween.
Doc Hubbard takes you through the basic steps that you need to follow for most cuts, and then on to specifics for different kinds of cuts.
Particularly relevant for emergency/survival medicine, he includes alternative treatments in case you don’t have the right supplies. For example, how to properly close a wound with duct tape, or how to close a scalp wound using hair instead of sutures.
Of course I also appreciate his plug for honey as a very good antibiotic. He’s a huge fan of it, and since it’s something you can get yourself, it’s perfect for those times when you can’t get regular antibiotics.
Wound care is particularly important for us, since one of our kids has hemophilia. Knowing how to assess a cut is key to reacting correctly to an injury to him, even if there’s no ‘SHTF’ situation going on.
The second book is called The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns. Similar to the first book, this book covers the basics for assessing and treating burns. While there are similarities to wound treatments, there are some pretty key differences that he covers here.
In particular, I think he did a great job of explaining how to differentiate between first, second, and third degree burns, as well as a few shortcuts to determine how BIG a burn is as a percentage of the skin surface. Fantastic stuff and super easy to understand with his explanation.
Both books include links to short videos that he’s done that show the techniques he discusses in the book being actually performed on a patient (well, an uninjured volunteer with a pen mark for a wound) which help visualize things. While I like reading, and that’s how I tend to retain things the best, the visual impact of watching it done helps lock it into my head.
These books are designed to go on your Kindle, or iPad, or iPod, or laptop and to go with you. I’m also going to print out my copies and have as a hard copy in my go-bags.
These books only cost a few dollars, and you should go out and buy them both now. Not only will you have a great reference material from a doctor who is a prepper, and thus understands where you and I are coming from, but you’re supporting him as well and encouraging him to continue providing great information.
You can pick up the books at Amazon here: