As someone who is deeply interested in prepping and survivalism, I have spent a lot of time building up my knowledge and skills in all kinds of areas.
From food preservation to self-defense, there are so many different aspects to consider when it comes to being prepared for any kind of emergency.
However, one area that I have always felt was particularly important is medical knowledge.
In a crisis situation, access to medical care may be limited or non-existent, so knowing how to handle basic injuries and illnesses can be a lifesaver.
That’s why I was excited to get my hands on The Prepper’s Medical Handbook by William W. Forgey, M.D.
About the Author
Before we dive into the content of the book itself, let’s take a moment to talk about the author. William W. Forgey, M.D. is a wilderness medicine expert and has authored numerous books on the subject.
He is also an experienced prepper himself, and his medical expertise is informed by his practical knowledge of survival situations. This is important to note because it means that the advice in the book isn’t just theoretical – it’s based on real-world experience.
The Content of the Book
The Prepper’s Medical Handbook is a comprehensive guide to managing medical situations in a survival setting.
The book is organized into three main sections: Essentials, Injuries, and Illnesses. Each section is then broken down into specific topics, with clear and concise information on how to handle each one.
The Essentials section covers topics like first aid kits, wound care, and basic life support.
This section is particularly important for anyone who is new to prepping and may not have a solid foundation in medical knowledge. The information is presented in a way that is easy to understand, and the instructions are clear and concise.
The Injuries section covers a wide range of topics, from burns to fractures to animal bites.
Dr. Forgey provides detailed information on how to assess and treat each type of injury, including what supplies and equipment you will need. He also includes helpful illustrations and photographs to make it easier to understand the concepts he is discussing.
The Illnesses section covers topics like infections, gastrointestinal issues, and respiratory problems.
Again, Dr. Forgey provides detailed information on how to assess and treat each type of illness, as well as advice on when to seek medical help if it’s available.
Humor and Humanity
One thing that sets The Prepper’s Medical Handbook apart from other medical guides is the humor and humanity that Dr. Forgey brings to the topic.
He is very down-to-earth in his writing, and he includes anecdotes and stories from his own experiences to help illustrate his points. This makes the book not only informative but also enjoyable to read.
For example, in the section on dental care, Dr. Forgey writes, “I wouldn’t suggest practicing dentistry without a license. I wouldn’t even suggest practicing dentistry with a license, but if you have a toothache and no dentist, you may have to do something to relieve the pain.” This kind of wry humor is sprinkled throughout the book and makes it feel like you’re learning from a friend rather than a dry medical textbook.
Overall, I highly recommend The Prepper’s Medical Handbook to anyone who is interested in prepping and survivalism.
The information is presented in a clear and concise manner, and the illustrations and photographs make it easy to understand even complex concepts.
Dr. Forgey’s personal experience and sense of humor add a human touch that makes the book a joy to read.
Most importantly, the knowledge contained in the book could be life-saving in an emergency situation. So, add this book to your prepping library – you won’t regret it!