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Have you ever lost a loved one to an emergency health breakdown because you didn't know what to do at the time? Have you suffered deterioration in health due to a delay in getting medical help? If you've experienced any of these, then Preppers Medical Handbook by William Forgey may have been a life-saver. However, you should still have a copy handy for further emergencies that might arise in the future.
This book takes first-aid to a whole new paradigm. It provides a step-by-step guide on handling emergency health challenges if help is either not coming or will take a while. The author takes the time to show the reader how to handle various health conditions — from body malfunction to organ dysfunction. He further delves into off-grid assessment and treatment of common diseases and health conditions. There are a plethora of solutions to different health challenges this handbook covers. I highly recommend everyone gets a copy of this book.
I was endeared to this book because it opened my eyes to things I should have known before now. I lost a friend some years back because of the delay in getting help when he had an asthma attack. His inhaler stopped working, and he was dead before we could get to the nearest hospital. If I knew the things this book showed me, maybe I would have been able to save my friend's life. Like I said earlier, this book contains tips that could save lives in emergencies.
What I liked most was the format and arrangement of the book. The author was thoughtful enough to know that readers might be interested in different aspects of this book. To that end, he hyperlinked texts that would connect the reader to detailed resources on a particular subject. For instance, when he talked about how pulmonary embolus can mimic pneumonia, there was a link to more detailed information about pneumonia. Hence, if the reader needed more information about pneumonia, it could be easily and quickly accessed. Thus, navigating through different topics in this book was seamless.
The first chapter of the book was dedicated to laying the necessary foundation for the reader to benefit from its content. The author laid out four ways this book should be read. This outline gave me an idea of what to expect from the book. Also, it showed that this book shouldn't be a one-time read — it should be a resource to refer to continually.
The author also used diagrams to show how some steps in the book should be followed. This would help the untrained reader to apply these steps as though they had been trained. However, the author was careful to give disclaimers for cases that require special medical attention. Nonetheless, the illustrations would go a long way to help the reader, especially when a delay could be dangerous.
Everything about this book was top-notch — the writing, editing, and delivery. I rate it four out of four stars. People who live in remote areas, where access to a health facility could take a lot of time, should have this book handy. I also recommend it to everyone.
Preppers Medical Handbook
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