The Prepper’s Medical Handbook
by William Forgey, M.D.
Noted wilderness medicine expert and survivalist, William Forgey, M.D., details prevention, preparation, and response protocols, tells you when to return to the grid and what to do if you cannot!
- Prepare for medical emergencies on or off the grid
- Manage bone, joint, soft tissue and other trauma
- Learn to manage under austere circumstances:
- Pain and fever
- Dental emergencies
- Environmental emergencies
- Radiation exposure
The basis of adequate prepping is being prepared for both common and dire events that may occur under the worst of all possible circumstances. These circumstances might include the breakdown in normal emergency support services (such as calling 911), the lack of an ability to obtain additional supplies, and the probability that you will not be able to rely on anyone but members of your immediate group or yourself.
Prepping requires forethought with regard to food, water supplies, power, and protection – all areas of significant technical preparation. Self-reliant medical care is no exception.
This book provides the basis of prevention, identification, and long-term management of survivable medical conditions and can be performed with minimal training. It helps you identify sources of materials you will need and should stock-pile, it discusses storage issues, and directs you to sources for more complex procedures that require advanced concepts of field-expedient techniques used by trained medical persons such as surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, or midwifes and obstetricians.
From the Publisher
Two critical components of medical prepping is the concept of “off grid” versus “no grid.”
This book is structured around this concept. You will be advised how to manage most problems with no outside assistance, that is, without contact with the grid.
However, it is also important to know when it is important to rely on grid support, when a patient should be seen by an advanced care provider. But then back to the other issues: What if there is no grid or it is impossible for you to return to the grid for whatever reason? Then you must also know how to provide management under a TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) event, when the grid simply will not be available to you.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
There are four ways to rapidly identify where in this book to find the information you need.
First – A quick glance through the contents can lead you to the proper chapter and subject.
Second – the Initial Assessment and the Focused Assessment not only describe how to perform a physical examination and what to look for, but these sections also refer you to the page of the book that tells you what to do if something is wrong.
Third – Throughout the book various sections have diagnostic tables with references to further evaluate or explain treatment options.
Fourth – the Clinical Reference Index at the end of the book provides a comprehensive cross-reference between symptoms, conditions, and treatments. Subjects are listed using both medical jargon and vernacular descriptions.
About The Author
Veteran outdoor author William Forgey, M.D. is engaged in the full-time practice of family medicine and is a member of the board of trustees of the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers, a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a past president of the Wilderness Medical Society. A former Boy Scout scoutmaster and Medical Explorer Post and High Adventure Post advisor, he currently serves on the National Health and Safety Committee and as an advisory board member for the Northern Tier High Adventure Base for the Boy Scouts of America. He is the author of many wilderness medicine and camping books, including Basic Illustrated Wilderness First Aid (Falcon). He lives in Crown Point, Indiana.
“Forgey provides extensive help in situational assessment – is it heartburn or heart attack? Twisted, strained, broken ankle? And how to stabilize the situation. This is not so much a book to carry with you, but a book to read – cover-to-cover – every year or so. If things turn sour, what Doc Forgey calls prepping could be just what you need.”
—Tim Mead – Midwest Outdoor Journal
“Are you ready to be the family doctor? A month ago I received The Prepper’s Medical Handbook and I was blown away. It’s easy to understand, simple to navigate and laid out in a way that makes it a great resource for the average person. The second wave of COVID-19 could affect hospitals again. It might be up to you to treat your loved ones!”
—James Walton – Prepper Broadcasting Network
“The Prepper’s Medical Handbook is an excellent resource to arm yourself with the in-depth medical first aid knowledge that you need. The book is 320 pages and it’s full of photos and illustrations. There is also a useful lookup index in the back of the book. It is incredibly comprehensive and covers almost every first aid medical issue that you can imagine, and many that you wouldn’t have thought of before. It is informative, authoritative, and interesting to read.”
“The Prepper’s Medical Handbook by Dr. Forgey is clearly well-written, truly informative, and condenses decades of knowledge into an easily referenced resource we should all have in our SHTF library. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy today.”
—Damian Brindle – reThink Survival
“A medical book can be right on target but I always ask myself before buying any reference book “Does it have solutions that I can actually use?” The answer, in this case, is that The Prepper’s Medical Handbook has a ton of solutions that are all within the skill level and resources of the average American today.”
“Hopefully, none of us will ever be in a situation where we will need to apply the information in this book, but if the last few months have taught us anything, it’s that you never know. If we are ever off the grid by our own choosing or by unforeseen circumstances and have an unexpected medical problem, Dr. Google won’t be able to help us, but Dr. Forgey will.”
—Nobody Hikes in LA