When there is no Doctor

Preventive and Emergency Home Healthcare in Challanging Times by Gerard Doyle M.D.

Ok, so if you just went huh, how is that a homestead book, well, think about it, being on a homestead means that you can and will find yourself at time needing to be part-time nurse and doctor to both the farms two legged and the critters at times.

Now, I would like to say that I had heard amazing things on this book, its reviews where top notch, with comments like, I work in third world countries and my dog ear’ed copy goes everywhere with me, so I had high hopes for this book.

I started in the book and the intro was right up my line of thinking, it talks about peek oil, and some very good points about history and that living in a first world nation, that everything is kept running with “just in time” supplies and anything that stopped those supplies for even a short time can cause issues, and if you think that is out of line, you have not been watching the news at all! Just have a look around in the past months and if you need a real life example, look to Japan at this very moment.

Then we started into what I thought would be the meat of the book and that is where I hit my first issue with it, for me, the whole chapter 2 was a grr moment, It was reading one of the those writing that provide the basic’s written for the “duh members” of our world, and I was expecting so much more! but I pressed though with the thoughts of there are folks that don’t have my background and therefor this would be very good information for folks that are looking to learn where to get hands on medical training.

Got to Chapter Three -Planning and once again was stumped, have peaple truly forgot these basic things, how can folks not remember what a sick room is? While I considered most of it very basic information, I moved on to Chapter 4 and finally hit a area that I felt was worth reading, Preventive Medicine was a good basic overview of things that everyone needs to remember, but again, it was a overview, I would not want to use this book for any kind of detailed issue.

At this point, I am going to be honest, I walked away for the book, and took some time off, I needed to clear my head space, as I had expected something that the book was not giving me and it was coloring how I was reading it, so the next day I picked it up again and finished reading it, and then the next day I read from front to back again.

Chapter 5 had tidbits of really good info, it has lots of starter info on many things that you would want to do, it talks alot about like how prisoners of war dealt with health issues and how to prepare yourself mentally, Gurerilla hosptials etc. and hard subjects like Death and Drying during hard times including idea’s on pain control etc.

The one thing I really did like was the very well done lists of medical supplies that one should have on hand and idea’s on where to get harder to find things. I was very pleased that he talked about how to use maggots therapy for infected wound care when you lack antibodics.

For a book that covers many area with what I consider the most basic info with a touch of level one care thoughtout the book at times, its get a 4 out of 5.

However if you are getting this book in the hopes that its going to give you a true leg up, can I recommend the St. John Ambulance offical wilderness first aid guide, a Comprehensive guide for northern wilderness travellers, workers and residents by Wayne Merry if you are only going to have one book in your backback.

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4 Responses to When there is no Doctor

  1. Nat says:

    If you want something that goes even further than the St. John’s Wilderness first Aid book, I would recommend:

    Medicine for Mountaineering and Other Wilderness Activities. Edited by James A. Wilkerson, M.D. (they are on the 6th edition now, I have the 4th edition)

    Here is the link to the book on Amazon:

    It gives way more technical and medial advice on medical issues. It does assume that you will have access to medical drugs and equipment in some cases, but it also gives advice on what can be done without them.

    If you are looking for a second book on your bookshelf, I would strongly suggest it.

  2. queen of string says:

    Thanks for the recommendations, as someone who has nursed, the basics are burned into my brain, but the specifics of some situations are not something I might have come across. I like the idea of suggestions for when you dont have drugs or equipment and lists of supplies. It’s one area we definitely need more preps. The one area that I have never found other alternatives to is DH type 1 diabetes, I know he can go for a bit with no insulin, but it will kill him in fairly short order. It’s one of the reasons long term apocalypse prepping doesn’t interest me.

    • Hi Queen

      While I am aware that there are things that can happen that other then a modern hosptial and meds that we would be in trouble, to be honest while I know some folks have very strong views on it, I am personally grateful that we have vaccines and all they can offer in terms of health when used properly

      Having said that, I do think that having a basic idea of how to deal with many things in regards to your own health is important, and that includes having supplies and items on hand so that you can feel like you can at least start care and or provide follow-up care on many things.

      I do understand what you are saying in regards to required meds, I have had that talk a few times with DH about that the fact that members of my own family must have their medications, its one of those things we know but I don’t want to focus on it.

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