As many of your readers already know, the newly revised, highly recommended book, Survival & Austere Medicine: an Introduction, has been published free online in .pdf format (click the picture!). There are several editions online. Make sure you download the 2017 3rd edition edited by the group collectively known as RAWTWMDBM.
Available in Hardcover
And now this 2017 edition (589 pages) has been published in hardcopy by Lulu. It’s available in hardcover with black & white illustrations for $29.25; paperback black & white for $19.28; paperback with full color illustrations for $111.91; and hardcover full color for $126.35. This is the update to the 2014 edition. (The black and white editions are quite adequate; you probably don’t need to pay extra for the full color editions.)
I would be remiss not to mention that there are also a wide variety of medical references available free online, and I continue to appreciate The Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr. Alton and Nurse Amy, as they’re known. (2016, 700 pages, $37.99)
But I would also like to take this opportunity to bring yet another remarkable medical reference to everyone’s attention. The book, Save Lives, Save Limbs: Life Support for Victims of Mines, Wars, and Accidents, is available free online (239 pages). I’m so impressed with the book that I’m taking it to the local copy place and printing the whole thing so I can have a hardcopy of it! (Note: Large sections don’t really need to be printed.)
This is a manual and teaching tool intended to train third-world villagers and non-medically trained people how to treat severe limb injuries (primarily) from start to finish. Many medical references will help you save the person’s life and get them to advanced medical care. This manual is for where there is no advanced medical care and it’s up to the “villagers” to care for the victim or they’re not getting medical care at all- something like the scenarios many preppers have in mind.
Most interesting to me is that the authors of this book, The Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Trauma, do not recommend the use of tourniquets in a totally austere environment. (Their main beef is incorrectly applied or tourniquets left on too long.) They have developed an approach that not only saves lives but saves limbs that would otherwise be amputated. Maybe you won’t agree with their strategy, but you owe it to yourself, and the family and friends who are depending on your skills, to at least consider the approach promoted in this book. And you should know that Save Lives, Save Limbs is recommended reading in the latest version of Survival & Austere Medicine: An Introduction.
God help us if we ever have to know this stuff. And you’re going to have to have a strong stomach to read either of these books, but with these online, inexpensive medical references and a few carefully chosen basic tools and supplies, we too can save lives!
Trust God. Be Prepared. We can do both. – ShepherdFarmerGeek