Essential Books For Rebuilding Civilization Part Two: Medical Skills
Last week, I had the opportunity to write about the most important skills
for building a civilization. I feel like I did a good job of summing up
the basic skills that no functional society can do without. However,
our society is built on more than soap and alcohol.
If our world
were to fall apart, the task of rebuilding society would be a daunting
one. It's easy to forget that our standard of living hinges on millions
of highly skilled people, many of whom are specialized to work in very
niche fields. No single person can do it all, but we can learn some of
And if there's one set of skills we can't afford to
overlook, it's doctoring and first aid. While most of us will never get
around to attending 8 years of medical school, anyone can teach
themselves a basic understanding of the medical field. So without
further ado, here are six medical books, that would be essential for
written for distribution among isolated villages in the third world,
“Where There is No Doctor” has become a staple among preppers,
missionaries, and Peace Corps volunteers. Since it was written for
impoverished people with little access to an education, its text and
pictures are very accessible to anyone, and there is no confusing
medical jargon within its pages. Since it was published in the 1970's,
it has probably saved countless lives, and is an essential read for
anyone who is trying to teach themselves how to take care of the sick
You can download the book for free
from the publishers website, or if you're like me and are concerned
about the collapse of our power grid, you can pick up a physical copy on Amazon.
Written in same vein as the previous entry, “Where There is No Dentist”
was distributed to isolated villages across the third world. In our
developed society, the prospects of someone becoming seriously ill or
dying from poor dental hygiene is unthinkable. However, in previous eras
it was a fairly common occurrence. Learning some basic dental skills
could save your life after the collapse, not to mention it could save
you quite a bit of pain and anguish.
of pain and anguish, finding a way to sedate a patient is paramount for
any serious medical procedure. Unfortunately, without modern medicine
we'll have to look into the past for ways relieve the devastating pain
that often comes with surgery. Utilizing the pain relieving properties
of the poppy plant may end up being one your best options.
it's easy for us to look down on our ancestors from the early 20th
century, and their liberal use of codeine and heroin for headaches and toothaches.
However, only a few decades prior, any visit to your local doctor could
end up being an excruciating experience, and opioids provided one of
the best methods for relieving pain (perhaps future generations will look down on us for using the amphetamine ingredients in
sudafed for our aches and pains).
After looking high and low, I found Opium Poppy Garden to be one of the few books that actually teaches you how to grow and harvest the opium plant. While you can buy your very own poppy seeds, the legality of growing them varies from country to country, so make sure you do some legal research before purchasing.
Written by a doctor and a certified nurse, The Survival Medicine Handbook
was written with off-the-grid emergencies in mind. Coming in at nearly
600 pages, the book offers advice on over 100 medical emergencies, and
is written in a simplified text that should be easy for the layman to
understand. It addresses a wide variety of topics including food
poisoning, wound infections, allergic reactions, fractures, hypothermia,
and so much more.
the Survival Medicine Handbook is chock full of life saving
information, according the reviews it's lacking when it comes to the
topic of alternative and natural medicine. If we're going to prepare for
a long term disaster, then we'll need long term solutions. We need
something that can replace modern medicine, once the supply of
pharmaceuticals runs out.
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide,
is a great start for anyone attempting to natural medicine. I managed
to find several great books that listed hundreds of herbal treatments,
but I decided to settle on this book for one really good reason. Unlike
the others, it doesn't just list herbs and their properties, it teaches
you how to grow them as well.
my last article, I asked our readers for input on books that I should
have included in the list. One commenter suggested that I should add a
book on midwifery, and I couldn't agree more. Until the 20th century,
the chances of a mother dying during childbirth were between 1 and 2 percent
per pregnancy. In fact, it was so dangerous that most woman would write
out their will as soon they discovered they were pregnant. The
unsanitary hospitals from the 19th century often made the situation
worst, causing death rates that averaged between 10 and 20 percent.
how to safely give birth is a crucial skill that must not die out if
there is a global catastrophe, and everyone should learn the basics of
childbirth; especially if they have a child on the way. So take a look
at this easy to read guide from the same publishers that made “Where
There is no Doctor”.“A Book For Midwives: Care For Pregnancy, Birth, and Women's Health”
goes through the basics of treating a mother before, during, and after
birth, and even covers some basic low tech equipment you can make at
home. A must have for anyone who might expect to give birth without the
aid of a professional doctor.
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