FerFal: New Survival Medicine .pdf Freebie


Medical folks with the bandwidth to do so, we’d be in your debt for standalone reviews or comments below.

1520E 14JAN2018: Aesop’s first take.

24 responses to “FerFal: New Survival Medicine .pdf Freebie

  1. 22MB, 614 pgs., full color, with illustrations.
    Thanks for the homework.
    I’ll have a full review up ASAP.

    • Through Pg. 82, it’s four stars out of five.
      Some minor quibbles, nothing major (but they’re distributing it free, and asked for feedback for their next edition, so I’ll be sending them some notes), and an excellent resource concerning basic outlook, first aid and medical kits, and physical exam.
      Anybody who only learned this much about medical care would be yards ahead of anyone at less than paramedic-level training.
      Recommend without reservation based on the first 5 chapters.

  2. Thank you. Anything that addresses a pro/con discussion of such things as super-glue & maggots has my attention. Good download site, pretty quick.

  3. Great site! I’ll be devouring this info for weeks. The wife is a nurse, so I’ll get her to review and hopefully post thoughts. Thanks Matt.

  4. wendystringer48088

    Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction 3rd Edition
    Direct link:
    22.1 MB .PDF file. Seems well worth the free download.

  5. As a trauma-type MD with a long interest in austere medicine, the short answer is “this is good” – probably more current and relevant than “Where there is no doctor”. Written in an international style (many Aussies), it still has US translations of drug names and concepts where needed. At 650 pages, this update of their 2005 edition needs to be printed, kept, and memorized if possible. I’m still reading, but this is a for-sure keeper…

  6. emt-b here, i think most important paragraph is this one. page number 36, pdf page 37. Volunteering, you have book learning and hands on. get your hands on. all the books tell you its easy, real life it is not. besides if you want to meet good folks find some volunteer ems fire guys and gals. not many people get up at 0 dark 30 too risk thier own life to help people they do not know, for free.

    • I think this is the key here. Like so many other things, even the most comprehensive and up-to-date guidelines are going to be of little use, and I suspect even detrimental, without the context provided by experience.

  7. Much appreciated, thanks for the post. Thank you down under, thank’s ferfal and thanks CA for posting!

  8. Mountain Cracker

    As someone trained in Emergency Management, take a look at the first paragraphs in chapter 17 on CBRN. That’s the way agencies view you, (no malice, but you’re an “economic unit”) but no one reading this here would leave their well-being to a government agency.

  9. Thanks CA for posting this!

  10. Thanks for sharing this CA!

    Got it downloaded and saved, will see about doing a physical backup too! If/when they come out with a printed book will DEFINITELY buy a couple of copies.

    Here’s another good source of med info on youtube via Patriot Nurse:


    Again, many thanks!!

    Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
    Northgunner III

  11. Thank you sir, will post on Faith Emergency Ministry Auxiliary;
    the other Way.
    Been a bed pan guy for awhile 🙂

  12. There are some errors in the anesthesia section, i.e. epidural vs spinal anesthesia and drug volumes. But, in an austere environment unless you have some proficiency and knowledge of those techniques, you probably won’t be using them anyway. Local / Regional anesthesia is probably the preferred method in that environment.

  13. Dewey Galeas

    Overall, the manual looks to be user friendly. I will stay on topic in my expertise, the use of anesthetic techniques. As a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, 101st Airborne Division, FAST, . Also,multiple austere location assignments during my military career.

    The lay person needs to approach the notion of general inhaled anesthesia with great caution. Deaths due to airway disaster,cardiovascular collapse,etc. are common even in formal modern settings.The use of the LMA (Laryngeal Mask Airway) has enhanced this option for the non anesthetic provider. Aside from the risk of aspiration, their use is fairly easy to learn.And in healthy subjects, it preserves the victim’s respiratory drive,and can be used in room air or concentrated supply air.

    Whenever possible, the field/regional block,and a stiff upper lip are the safest approach. A caution I would add to the use of local anesthetics is NEVER USE EPINEPHRINE ON END ORGANS OR TIPS OF TISSUE. In short,fingers,ears,toes,nose,or the the ever important penis.

    Ketamine is a very useful anesthetic ,especially in trauma settings.If Midazolam or another benzodiazepine are available, the rough edges can be smoothed out.

    I hope this is of some help. Thank you for the download and opportunity to comment. Good luck!

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  15. The way some comments are written, some of you may think Fel-Fal is from Australia. He is not. He survived the 2001 crisis in Argentina. If you have never read his survival exploits to save himself and his family, you should. Fer-Fal should be demand reading for every Patriot.

  16. Was an EMT i years ago. Got it downloaded.


  17. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.

  18. RN here.

    Read only at a glance and like what I see. Looking forward to reading it ALL.

    Personal note: Considering the “Endarkment.” I see 2 tiers of emergency medical care. The 1st is trauma received and treated where the rubber meets the road. The 2nd tier is “post” pre-hospital treatment (wherever your “hospital” may be).

    Considering my place in the medical/nursing food chain, I suppose I could get all uppity about it, but the fact is, pre-hospital treatment is THE most critical phase in serious trauma cases. This means Corpsman, Paramedics and EMT’s with lot’s of experience are the one’s who are far more likely to keep you alive in the initial phase of patient trauma than the typical hospital RN (excluding ER nurses, of course).

    It’s at this point in my post that most nurses will deny that I am a nurse and say that I am an EMT or a Medic. 🙂

    Moving on…

    We’ve all heard of the Golden Hour where trauma victims live or die depending on the treatment they receive (or not) during that time. Yes, that is a very bare bones statement and there is a LOT more to it then that, but for simplicities sake, ‘nough said.

    For those not trained, find an EMT course in your area and take it. After 3 months you will be far more useful to a wounded fellow than most anyone.

    Also, there is a very critical course called PHTLS (Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support). Depending on where you live, you may need some credentials (EMT/Paramedic) to take this 14 hour course. Or not. Take it if you can. For hard chargers, after you get your EMT, then go for Paramedic.

    If you can get EMT, that’s huge. If you can get Paramedic, that’s golden! Either one makes you a critical part of your team!

    General note to the uninitiated: I’ve had people drop dead right in front of me in the ER. Most of them stay that way, even with all the resources a hospital can give. Consider the same scenario in the field. Do your best. Accept the outcome. Consider an AAR.

    (Not an MD or a Corpsman… I shortened it a while back from Dr. Who. Sci-fi fans will understand)