“There may come a day when emergency personnel may not be available to save your life or that of your loved ones. In this situation YOU will be the end of the line when it comes to the medical well being of your family. Do you have the knowledge and training to take on that responsibility?”

Source: The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook (1st Edition)

UPDATE: the 2nd & 3rd Edition listed below:

An often overlooked skill set for ’emergency preparedness’ is that of First Aid.

It’s taken for granted in our modern world where most of us are assured of modern health care.

However in a post-modern world (e.g. collapse), things would be very different. Even a basic understanding of first aid should be a requirement for all preppers.

The 423 page Survival Medicine handbook is sectioned into 8 categories, each containing specific segments or topics.

Here is a topic sampling from inside the handbook:

Principles of Medical Preparedness
Discusses the history, psychology and principles of preparedness medicine, collapse medicine, integrated and wilderness medicine.

Becoming a Medical Resource
Includes status assessment, likely issues you will face, skills you will want to learn, supplies, remedies, and more…

Hygiene, Sanitation and Environment
Dental issues, respiratory infections, food and water-borne illness, diarrheal disease, food poisoning

Appendicitis, urinary tract infections, hepatitis, abscesses, mosquito borne illness, athletes foot, and more…

Environmental Factors
Heat stroke, hypothermia, wildfires and smoke inhalation, radiation sickness, etc.

Injuries and Reactions
Injuries to soft tissues, minor wounds, major wounds, stitches, suture, blisters, burns, bites, stings, rashes, sprains, fractures, and more…

Chronic Medical Problems
Thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers and acid reflux, seizure, joint disease, kidney and gall bladder stones

Other Important Medical Issues
CPR in a collapse situation, headache, eye care, nosebleeds, earache, hemorrhoids, pregnancy and delivery, anxiety and depression, stockpiling medications, how to use antibiotics, expiration dates


One day there may come a time when a pandemic, civil unrest or terrorist event may precipitate a situation where the miracle of modern medicine may be unavailable. Indeed, not only unavailable, but even to the point that the potential for access to modern facilities no longer exists.

Help is NOT on the way; therefore, you have become the place where the “buck” stops for the foreseeable future, at least when it comes to your medical welfare.

Few are prepared to deal with this harsh reality. To go further, very few are willing to even entertain the possibility that such a tremendous burden might be placed upon them. Even for those willing, there are few, if any, books that will consider this drastic turn of events.

Survival Medicine Handbook (2nd Edition)
The Survival Medicine Handbook:
A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

Survival Medicine Handbook (3rd Edition)
The Survival Medicine Handbook:
THE essential guide when help is NOT on the way

We have a number of First Aid related articles here on Modern Survival Blog. Hopefully you’ve given First Aid some consideration while your prepare…

So here’s a question for you…
What First Aid skills would you recommend that others learn how to do?

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