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This is the first book report I've done since Jr. High and boy am I excited.

The Survival Medicine Handbook 3rd Ed. is one of the books that often shows up in "must have" lists of prepper books. It's generally well-written and should be accessable to anyone with a high school or higher education. The book is written primarily for the layman although a few of the procedures discussed are probably too advanced for non-medical personnel to attempt. Additionally, some of the medications and supplies discussed are obtainable only by prescription.

So first the good things about this book:
1) Good section on wound management and sutures.
2) Excellent and exhaustive list of medical supplies with suggested kits for several levels of competency.
3) Good section on antibiotics including recommended usage and dosage levels.
4) Good section on physical examination although the downloadable Austere Medcine book probably does a better job.
5) Discusses most common diseases and conditions likely to be seen in a SHTF situation although the level of detail could be more in depth.
6) Currently rare diseases such as cholera are discussed although it would not have hurt to have more information on symptoms and treatments in a SHTF situation.

And now the not so great:
1) The book spends too much time discussing survival techniques such as how to survive an avalanche, etc. This sort of material isn't strictly medical in nature and is readily available in other books which do a better job.
2) Little information on malnutrition is included.
3) Vital signs section lacks detail. I'm not sure I could figure out how to check blood pressure from the information given.
4) Even though the book is primarily for laypeople, there is a detailed section on nerve blocks, a procedure for which non-medical personnel will not have the medication.
5) Very little discussion of nursing procedures.

Overall, this is a book worth purchasing, although I don't believe it lives up to its press. The online Austere Medicine book, which I have almost completed reading is overall a more useful book. If you buy this book and the "Where There is No Doctor", then along with the Austere Medicine book, you'll be able to greatly improve your ability to provide basic medical care in a SHTF situation.
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As one of the authors of Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction I wish to say the up vote is appreciated.

Having reviewed the Doom and Bloom book myself I agree. But I do have a conflict of interest, though it is not financial.

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