Master list of med prep books

Since some might be haunting used book stores or Goodwill and want to pick up books as they find them (like me!), I thought it would be a good idea to post a master list of books to be on the lookout for. 

I also want to remind you (and myself) to keep an open mind.  Though the categories I think are sound, the specific books are only suggestions.   There may very well be better books for your situation that I’m not aware of.  Just this month, I discovered a book called Village Medical Manual.  I’ve been an RN for 5 years and prepping for 15 and I’ve never heard of this book, yet it’s much more in depth and comprehensive than Where There Is No Doctor.

This morning dh and I went garage saleing (is that even a word?) and I found The 5-Minute Clinical Consult, 2010 edition, for a whopping 20 cents.  I looked it over, found I could understand most of it, and shelled out the money.  Score!  This is not a book I would ever put on a recommended list because the newer editions are expensive and it is written for Nurse Practitioners or Doctors, not your average Joe, but it suits me just fine.

I’ve asterisked those books in the list that I feel are must-haves.  IOW, if I could only have a few books, these are the ones I’d choose for all around medical care for my family.
A good medical-help-isn’t-easy-to-come-by-but-I-do-have-some-resources medical book** Where There Is No Doctor (Beginner)
Wilderness Medicine: Beyond First Aid by William Forgey.
Medicine for the Outdoors (Paul Auerbach) (Beginner/Intermediate).
Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook (Intermediate/Advanced) Wilderness Medicine (textbook) by Paul Auerbach (Advanced)Village Medical Manual: A Layman’s Guide to Health Care in Developing Countries (Beginner/Intermediate — don’t get this if you have no clue about anything medical, but if you consider yourself well educated and fairly medical savvy, it’s a top choice)A general herbal.

** Be Your Own “Doctor” by Rachel Weaver
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use (Beginner)


** Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd edition by Stephen Buhner (2012) (don’t get the 1st edition)
or Herbal Anti-Virals by same, due out summer 2013
a used PDR (Physician’s Desk Reference)  or Nursing Drug Handbook
Survival medicine book.
Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook (beginner)
** 101 Ways to Save on Health Care (Beginner)
When There Is No Doctor (Beginner — not to be confused with WHERE There Is No Doctor)
Improvised Medicine (intermediate)
Special Operations Medical Manual (intermediate/advanced)
Village Medical Manual: A Layman’s Guide to Health Care in Developing Countries (Beginner/Intermediate — don’t get this if you have no clue about anything medical, but if you consider yourself well educated and fairly medical savvy, it’s a top choice)  I’m putting this in twice, under both this and the first category, because it is such a good book. It could easily apply to both categories.
Another one to research is Armageddon Medicine (approx $80 from  (Beginner)
general family medical books
** American Medical Association Family Medical Guide
The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases
** Where There is No Dentist
Pediatric book 
How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor (beginner)
Herbal Healing for Children by Demetria Clark (beginner)

Pediatric textbook (intermediate/advanced)

a local herbal with plants specific to your area, not a general herbal

Backyard Medicine:  Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies (Beginner)

Male or Female specific herbal


 A book for Midwives (Hesperian Foundation)
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
Mental Health:
inspirational books, puzzle books, Hoyle’s Book of Rules, spiritual book of your tradition, or go back through the months and fill in any gaps
Medical Dictionary (Stedman’s or Mosby’s)
Holistic Anatomy or an anatomy textbook
Dermatology atlas (for rashes)
The Merck Manual (not for the beginner)
The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook

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