Medical and Health Guides

Medical and health guides and other useful information including survival medicine, first aid, pandemics, alternative therapies, Hesperian books, and more…

DISCLAIMER: Some of this information can potentially be dangerous, even deadly… attempt at your own risk! As such, you should always seek appropriate medical/legal/professional/expert advice whenever possible. Therefore, I accept NO liability whatsoever for your use or misuse of this information.


Basic and Advanced Medical and First Aid

Red Cross Emergency Handbook – A brief resource you can print out that quickly explains how to treat common medical problems (e.g., wounds, shock, burns, etc.) as well as the actions you can take when confronted with disasters such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, and so on.

Survival and Austere Medicine [PDF File] – An extremely eye-opening guide. It’s primary focus is on a long-term, grid-down scenario. The authors explained many interesting things including how to compile a comprehensive medical kit, how to build a basic diagnostic laboratory, herbal medicine, as well as many other long-term health concerns and options. I definitely recommend this free book if you have any interest in a long-term survival situation.

Operational Medicine Videos – A huge compilation of videos that you can download which cover a wide variety of topics from burns to wound closure, starting a IV, some surgery, childbirth, and plenty more!

Step-By-Step Guide for Performing CPR on an Adult – Includes both text directions and videos to enhance your knowledge. Obviously, it’s best to review this information before actually needing it. 🙂

Assorted Other Files and References:

Diseases and Pandemics

The Bad Bug Book [online book] – Ever lay awake at night wondering about the nasty bacteria, viruses, and toxins that can be lurking in your foods? Well, if you didn’t, you can read this and then you WILL have a reason to lay awake… a few dozen reasons, in fact!

This National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza [PDF file] briefly outlines the government’s plan of action in a pandemic, while this CDC Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation [PDF File] outlines how the CDC might go about dealing with a flu pandemic before using drugs and vaccinations.


CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response – Some good information regarding emergency response from a medical perspective. The best information is on bio-terrorism and chemical emergencies. If you have days of time to kill or simply need a way to fall asleep, spend it reading this!

Blood Type Compatibility Chart – Scroll down a bit for a table that relates how blood donors and recipients relate to each other, which may prove useful in some circumstances. By the way, it would be prudent to know what blood type each family member has.

Recall Report – Survival means more than just preparing for disasters, it also means knowing about drug and product recalls which can be dangerous to your health and believe me there are a lot of them! If you take a prescription medication or have had a hip or knee replacement you might want to find out if it’s been on the recall list.

Drug Watch – Use this site to search for detailed information about specific pharmaceuticals, including use, complications with use, recalls, side effects, and much more.

More PDF Files for Download

Where There is No Doctor [links to PDF File] – A highly touted emergency medical guide for developing countries. It’s very long and sometimes tedious, but much of the information is highly relevant.

Where There is No Dentist [links to PDF File] – Another highly touted emergency dental guide for developing countries. Similar to the previous book, it is long and sometimes childish, but still a worthy read especially if you know next to nothing of basic dental care.

Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy Environment [links to PDF File] – Proper hygiene and sanitation are a top concern after any disaster and should never be overlooked. This free book covers basic sanitary practices (stuff you likely already know) but also details how to deal with dehydration from diarrhea, how to make soap, as well as how to build a variety of proper outdoor toilets. I would recommend this guide for the toilet information alone.

Emergency War Surgery NATO Handbook [PDF File] – A rather lengthy document detailing how to deal with very deadly injuries such as gun shot wounds, burns, chemical agents, radiation and much, much more. If you’re interested in post-apocalytic info then this is a must-have thome.

Ditch Medicine [PDF File] – Discusses small wound repair (including suturing), chest decompression, IV therapy, airway management, anaphylactic shock, pain control, amputations, and burns.


Herb Formulas for Clinic and Home [PDF File] – according to the book’s front page, this book discusses “75 Formulas for making Herbal Preparations, including Tooth Powders, Tincture Formulas, Constitutional Tonics, Tea Blends, Salves, Ointments, Liniments, Elixirs, Cough Syrups…even Guarana Fudge, with a Materia Medica that defines the herbs, formats, and preparations”

Guide to Essential Oils [PDF File] – Briefly discusses the basics of essential oils and even lists dozens of oils as well as their intended use.

Lambert Vet Supply – The cheapest place I’ve found online to purchase fish antibiotics. Before buying from such places, I would strongly urge you to purchase antibiotics for human consumption via legitimate means–through your doctor–if at all possible.