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#162465 - 01/11/09 08:24 PM Medical References useful for survival
Montanero Offline

Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1447
Loc: North Carolina
This was actually brought up in another topic, but it is old and buried, and not specific to this topic, so I started a new one.

I have had some conversations with the medical professionals I have known for years (decades in some cases), all have extensive experience dealing with almost every conceivable medical situation imaginable in very austere and remote environments. These are the books they recommend for me, and by that I mean that they would be applicable to us non-medical professional/lay people.

1. Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook
by Jane Maxwell (Author), Carol Thuman (Author), David Werner (Author), Carol Thuman (Author), Jane Maxwell (Author)

2. Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition
by Paul S. Auerbach (Author)

3. The Merck Manual of Medical Information: 2nd Home Edition
by Mark H. Beers (Author)

I have ordered them, even though the price is high for "Wilderness Medicine". I intend to rip it apart and scan it for my own use as a searchable database. The other two are much more affordable.

#162469 - 01/11/09 08:38 PM Re: Medical References useful for survival [Re: Montanero]
Be_Prepared Offline

Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 530
Loc: Massachusetts
I find that the text for a WFA course I took is what I have referred to most often. It's from the Wilderness Medicine Institute, which is part of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

I have an older version, but, the current one is available at:


Of course, I'd have to say that it was the course, not the book, that's the most valuable. Spending a weekend in the woods with a bunch of folks, practicing, dealing with scenarios, improvising, great stuff.

- Ron

#162471 - 01/11/09 08:40 PM Re: Medical References useful for survival [Re: Montanero]
yelp Offline

Registered: 06/04/08
Posts: 170
Loc: Colorado
Wilkerson's Medicine for Mountaineering

and the Royal Geographical Society has a number of free resources online, including their medical guide:

Pre-expedition medical planning

Field Medicine

Medical problems of environmental extremes

Center for Disease Control's Yellow Book

Remember, it's only an adventure if you come back alive.

Edited by yelp (01/11/09 08:50 PM)
Edit Reason: added Yellow Book
(posting this as someone that has unintentionally done a bunch of stupid stuff in the past and will again...)

#162473 - 01/11/09 09:03 PM Re: Medical References useful for survival [Re: yelp]
Bear_Claw_Chris_Lapp Offline

Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 227
Loc: Sector 16
1. Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook
2. Where There Is No Dentist
3. Wilkerson's Medicine for Mountaineering
In omnia paratus

#162593 - 01/12/09 02:07 PM Re: Medical References useful for survival [Re: Montanero]
williamlatham Offline

Registered: 01/12/04
Posts: 238
Loc: Stafford, VA, USA
Where There Is No Doctor and Where There Is No Dentist available here for free download.


#162769 - 01/13/09 01:52 AM Re: Medical References useful for survival [Re: williamlatham]
Montanero Offline

Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1447
Loc: North Carolina
Thanks William. Very helpful.

#162946 - 01/13/09 08:03 PM Re: Medical References useful for survival [Re: Montanero]
red Offline

Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 175
It's not as comprehensive, but Buck Tilton's 4th edition of his backcountry first aid and extended care is good.
When the SHTF, no one comes out of it smelling pretty.


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