Medical is an expansive topic and while we should always be learning and honing our first aid and medical skills, realistically we can’t know everything.  The medical field is a highly specialized operation and it’s because the stakes are so high and the skills are so nuanced.  Before we go any further I need to put in a little disclaimer, this isn’t medical advice and we’re not responsible for anything, proceed at your own risk.

SAS Survival Handbook – John Wiseman

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I put this book in here because not only does it include a lot of good basic first aid, it also includes a lot of survival info.  Many medical situations have a single thing in common: prevention is better than a cure.

Knowing how to do things in a survival situation can prevent a lot of mishaps or difficult situations.  A great case in point is this book shows you how to procure water safely.  If we can drink enough water, we can stay healthy and if the water we do drink is clean, we don’t have to deal with any medical issues stemming from water born pathogens.  Get it here


Survival Medicine Handbook – Amy Alton

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There aren’t many books that are written specifically for preppers.  Most medical books are written with the assumption that you’re simply stabilizing the person until medical professional arrive.  But what happens when there is no ambulance coming, when the hospitals are closed and the drug stores are closed?

Its a serious question that most books don’t address, but the implications in a SHTF scenario are serious.  That’s where this book comes into play, it covers those exact scenarios.

Coming in at a hefty 588 pages, this is a massive resource that should be on your shelf.  Get this book here


Where There Is No Doctor – David Werner

where there is no doctorThis book is aimed at promoting health and medicine in third world nations and is considered the gold standard by many in the WHO and Peace Corps.

The guide provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent common diseases. Special attention is focused on nutrition, infection and disease prevention, and diagnostic techniques as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems.

What’s great about this book is that not only is it squarely aimed at use in areas where there aren’t medical facilities, but it also is written to be very easily understood by the layman.  It’s a very practical guide that lays out a lot of very helpful knowledge in a way that makes sense to preppers in a SHTF context.  Get the book here


Where There Is No Dentist – M. Dickson

where there is no dentistSimilar vein to the “Where there is no doctor” book, this addresses dental health which can be a huge challenge in a austere environment.  A bad tooth can be debilitating and lead to other major complications.

The book goes into how to diagnose common dental problems, make and use dental equipment, how to use local anesthetics, to place fillings and remove teeth all in a very easy to understand explanation.

Seen as the de-facto guide for preppers in a SHTF event, you can check it out here.


Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs

medicinal herbs bookI figured there needed to be at least one book about medicinal herbs in this list because when there is no longer any drug stores or pharmacies we need to have some other option.  While many are skeptical about it’s effectiveness, there will come a time in a disaster when you don’t have any other options.

Described as a guide to 33 common healing plants and includes advice on growing, harvesting, preparing, and using herbs in healing tinctures, oils, and creams. Stock your medicine cabinet full of all-natural, low-cost herbal preparations.

What I like about this guide is not only does it tell you what plants, but it also goes into growing and processing them too.  Check it out here.


So those are some of my top picks for a medicine prepping library.  What other books are your “must haves” in your prepper library?

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