Question from a reader about medical books and two-way radios…
HI MD, love your site and am slowly based on money starting to become a prepper, Question how do you compare Survival MD to where there is no dr.? I would like to buy Survival MD but they no longer offer the $22 and they don’t respond to emails either. The cost now is $37 and I can get where there is no Doctor around $13. Do you think this is a good book compared to Survival MD? I value your opinion as I know little about this stuff other then what i read on your site and posts. Also is there a decently priced two way radio that will transmit a legitimate 5-10 miles in a mountainous area that you are aware of > thanks for you help and keep updating your site. Ron
M.D. Replies: Where there is no doctor (and Where there is no Dentist) is a great medical book for preppers, the difference between the two is that “Where there is no Doctor” offers more primitive type care and tips on staying healthy. The book was put together for missionaries to help villagers living in a primitive conditions, like a remote villages in Africa for example. This is very good info to have in a long-term grid down situation. Survival MD is geared to preppers who have limited medical training / skills but who have put back medical preps in advance.
Get “Where there is no Doctor” first and then just skip Survival MD because of the fact that they raised their price and won’t answer your emails, and get The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way. This book is just as good if not better and covers the same info.
As for handheld two way radios, they have a realistic reliable range of 1-2 miles in mountain areas, with the actual range depending heavily on where each unit is located. Mountain top to mountain top without obstruction range can be impressive at 5 miles or even more, but can be cut down drastically if say there is a hill between the units. This will decrease the range significantly.
I like the MURS radios because they are not used by most people and you’ll pretty much have the frequencies to yourself and that equals better privacy, than say using CB or GMRS type radios. But with any commonly available two-way radio communications privacy is not guaranteed.