How many times have you had a medical or first aid issue occur during the middle of the night or on a weekend when getting help would be difficult? Or, equally bad, help is available but only at a hospital emergency room an hour a way? What if the power was out, roads were blocked, or there was something going on that precluded EMTs coming to the rescue?
What I describe are typical survival scenarios and those that we, as Preppers, plan for. I don’t know about you, but for medical and first aid emergencies, I don’t rely on free information on the internet or free eBooks. I want real information, written by real doctors who have practiced medicine on real people.
With that introduction, I want to introduce you to Dr. James Hubbard’s newest book, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook. Many of you might recall two of James previous books from earlier book festivals: First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival and Duct Tape 911. His latest book takes things a step further and is an all-around handbook for dealing with a much broader variety of medical related things that can and do happen when professional help is not available.
Let me share an example.
In The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook there is a section describing how to close a scalp wound. James starts by saying that unless you are bald, tape is not going to stick. True enough and funny how I never considered that. Whereas you can use superglue to close things up, he suggest using the hair on either side of the wound to cinch things up nice and tight until it is closed. This advice is coupled with easy to follow illustrations that even I can follow.
Below you will find an all-new Backdoor Survival interview with James, plus I have two copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.
An Interview with James Hubbard, Author of The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own back yard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.
I would bug-in. I live in a rural area, and I think I would be able to handle the problems that would arise, including food and water scarcity, better where I live than fighting for it in a place that I’m unfamiliar with. The traffic would probably also be a major barrier for bugging out, if cars were working.
If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?
The basics of food, blankets, drinkable water, and a store of essential medicines are givens.
For comfort I would include over-the-counter medicines, such as something for pain, rashes and bowel/stomach problems; candles for light at night; a few good books to read; maybe a board game; and at least a small variety of favorite food treats. I’d have plenty of bug spray, breathable clothes for the heat, along with a good coat and raincoat.
If feasible, I’d have a good mattress and pillow or at least a good foam pad.
Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?
Learn how to use a gun and have one you’re comfortable shooting. Have a Taser or two, or something similar, and know how to use them. Keep a low profile. Don’t wander out unless you have to. Have a dog or two.
These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?
The information in The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook is based largely on my experience as a doctor—over 30 years of it. I share what I believe to be the most common medical problems one might encounter, how to recognize them and what to do. The book has close to 100 illustrations so you can learn visually while you read. I include makeshift options for times when you don’t have the medical tool typically used for a problem.
Since sometimes expert medical help is available, just far away, dangerous to get to, or both, I provide information to help you decide if the problem is so dire that it’s get-help-or-die.
What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?
I liked Apollo 13 and the book and film version of The Road. Regarding TV, I enjoyed Revolution.
It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?
Know the basics of writing, such as grammar, flow, organization, and how to make a good outline. Or hire an editor. Make the book easily readable. Don’t use never-ending sentences or lots of big words. Know, or learn, your topic well. Join a critique group, or have someone who will read your material and is willing to give constructive criticism.
James has reserved two copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: This giveaway is only open individuals with a mailing address in the United States.
The Final Word
I do want to mention one other thing about The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook. Each chapter begins with a pop quiz. The quiz begins with a few descriptive paragraphs describing something that occurred during James career as a medical doctor. There are four potential answers in a multiple choice format.
On the next page are the answers along with a thorough description of why each choice is correct or incorrect. Some of the answers may surprise you and would make excellent discussion points when talking about medical first aid among family members or friends.
For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
It’s the worst snowstorm you can remember. The ice-covered streets are abandoned. You hear a boom in the distance, and your computer screen goes blank. Darkness. A crash and another bang from inside the house. In the hallway, your husband sits on the floor, soaked in blood. You dial 911, and all you get is a busy signal. Would you know what to do next?
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook will teach you just what you need to know to take care of yourself and your loved ones in the event you aren’t able to get professional medical help right away. Encompassing but going well beyond immediate first aid, the book covers:
- How to put a dislocated joint back into place
- How to prevent hypothermia when your heat has gone out
- What to do for asthma when you don’t have your inhaler
- Whether you can really drink your own urine if you run out of water
- What to feed your toddler if he has a fever and you have no medicine
- And much more
Featuring more than 100 illustrations, along with quick quizzes and real-life examples, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook will take you step by step through the essentials of medical care during a crisis. Whatever your situation and your health needs, this handbook is your must-have medical resource.
Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage
No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage. The eBook print version is available.