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    A List of Medical Related Books You May Want to Get

    A list of books you might want to have/read/study before bad times happen. This list has grown in the telling over the years.

    REMEMBER - A book a cook does not make. You still need training and practice.

    Survival and Austere Medicine: An introduction

    Where There Is No Doctor
    Where There Is No Dentist

    The Ship Captain's Medical Guide

    2007 Ranger Medic Handbook

    Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook (Book Only Edition) (Ring-bound)


    Try to get the companion CD - the videos and pictures are worth the effort.

    AND NOW:
    Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook, 2nd Edition (Paperback)

    I have both (including the 1st edition companion CD).
    The 1st. has stuff the 2nd does not have.
    The 2nd. has stuff the 1st does not have.
    If you can affort it - my opinion - get both.

    HOWEVER, the original Special Force's medical guide was completely supplanted by the SOF medical handbook noted above. The following are some quotes about the original SF manual:
    “That manual is a relic of sentimental and historical interest only, advocating treatments that, if used by today’s medics, would result in disciplinary measures,” wrote Dr. Warner Anderson, a U.S. Army Colonel (ret.) and former associate dean of the Special Warfare Medical Group.

    “The manual you reference is of great historical importance in illustrating the advances made in SOF medicine in the past 25 years. But it no more reflects current SOF practice than a 25 year-old Merck Manual reflects current Family Practice. In 2007, it is merely a curiosity.”

    “Readers who use some of the tips and remedies could potentially cause harm to themselves or their patients.”
    Fundamental Skills in Surgery [Hardcover]
    By Thomas F. Nealon, William H. Nealon
    http://www.amazon.com/Fundamental-Skills-Surgery-Thomas-Nealon/dp/0721664601/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232219916&sr=1-1ISBN-10 : 0721664601
    ISBN-13 : 9780721664606
    Binding : Hardcover
    Pages : 468
    Publisher : W.B. Saunders Company

    Fundamental Skills for Surgery
    Richard Perry
    ISBN13: 9780074713358,
    ISBN10: 0074713353,
    Division: Professional,
    Pub Date: OCT-08,
    Pages: 320
    Edition: 02

    Two sources
    Ditch Medicine
    Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies (Paperback)
    Hugh Coffee
    ISBN-10: 1581603908
    ISBN-13: 978-1581603903

    ALL of the following books are in use over the world by those who are not necessarily trained in surgery to perform any number of surgeries.

    These 3 books are in the “Buy these to round out your already extensive Medical Library” category.
    They are a bit pricey. The wikipedia source for copy/paste into Word/Print is incomplete.

    Primary Surgery: Non-Trauma v.1: Non-Trauma Vol 1 (Paperback)
    by Maurice King (Editor), Peter C. Bewes (Editor), James Cairns (Editor), Jim Thornton (Editor)
    Paperback: 656 pages
    Publisher: OUP Oxford; New edition edition (14 Jun 1990)
    Language English
    ISBN-10: 0192616943
    ISBN-13: 978-0192616944


    Copy/Paste into word or print chapter by chapter - not all chapters are formatted nicely in the wikis:

    Trauma: 2 (Primary Surgery) (Paperback)
    by Maurice H. King (Author)
    Paperback: 381 pages
    Publisher: OUP Oxford (22 Jan 1987)
    Language English
    ISBN-10: 019261598X
    ISBN-13: 978-0192615985


    Copy/Paste into word or print chapter by chapter:

    Primary Anaesthesia (Primary Surgery) (Paperback)
    by Maurice H. King (Author)
    Paperback: 288 pages
    Publisher: OUP Oxford (19 Jun 1986)
    Language English
    ISBN-10: 0192615920
    ISBN-13: 978-0192615923

    One additional book suggested by one whom I know to be knowledgeable. I do not have the book nor have I read it.
    It is on my list to get books.
    Atlas of Minor Surgery
    I.D. Cracknell & M.G. Mead
    Publisher: W.B. Saunders Company, 1 edition (June 1998)
    ISBN-10: 0443053049
    ISBN-13: 978-0443053047
    Pages: 86

    Available in German as well: http://www.amazon.com/Kleine-Chirurg...3412108&sr=1-3
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    thanks for the list...would you mind turning this into a blog article so that it doesn't get lost.
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    Good list, some of the SF and surgical ones are above me but I absorbed what i could from them. Some I haven't looked at yet so I'll check into them
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    Nice thread. Good to see your post. GB

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    Glad to see you included the Maurice King books, they are incredibly educational with their orientation to austere/third world conditions. He also co-authored one on Laboratory procedures which is equally good.

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    This is a very good post. Thanks for the information and taking the time to share. Good job
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    these are good books, but it is very important that they be read before an emergency. The main point of Where there is No Doctor is simple: in grid-down situations with no antibiotics, keeping things clean is the most important prep.

    To go with this book you need lots of soap, handwashing basins, and ways to keep things clean. Good book. Just don't plan to read it later... when you might not have what you need to do with.

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    i would add the merk manual and the veterinary merk manual to you reference list

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    Quote Originally Posted by kappydell View Post
    Glad to see you included the Maurice King books, they are incredibly educational with their orientation to austere/third world conditions. He also co-authored one on Laboratory procedures which is equally good.
    Agreed. The King books are fantastic, especially if you are at a paramedic/RN level, or a PA/nurse practitioner who doesn't deal with any procedures. The books are written for third-world doctors who may not have English as a first language, so they're pretty simple.

    OP, that's a good selection of books. Too often I think folks focus on the really cool chest seal, quickclot and needle decompression stuff (which usually necessitates evac to surgery to make any difference in the long run) and forget about stuff like the choosing the right antibiotic for an infected wound, and how to hydrate somebody with severe nausea and vomiting.

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