The Special Forces Handbook of Medical Secrets

  • by James Li
  • Narrated by mike ortego
  • 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Going well beyond first aid, this manual describes medical secrets used by an experienced African mission doctor and former assistant professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. The tips are pragmatic, affordable, and useful for anyone from medics to laypersons but are particularly aimed at people who work and live in remote areas with scarce resources. The subjects cover antibiotic therapy, advanced care of complex wounds, laceration closure with glue, malaria, oral rehydration therapy, fecal transplantation, and more. Each chapter contains references for further listening and is written in a concise style that maximizes useful information.
The material is specifically aimed at people who work in complex environments away from centralized resources - military Special Forces, extreme travelers, open-water sailors, expedition members, humanitarian aid workers, and anyone who lives in the developing world.
The material is useful to anyone who wishes to become more medically knowledgeable and self-sufficient, regardless of circumstance. While it does not substitute for skilled physician care, it will allow listeners an understanding of how medical decisions are made by experts and, in some cases, how to provide intermediate or complex medical care when a physician is not available.
Dr. James Li has taught and practiced emergency medicine since 1997. He also has worked as a general practitioner and surgeon throughout Africa, including Kenya, Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Ethiopia. He has won numerous medical teaching awards and is the author of dozens of medical studies, chapters, and books. He lives off the grid with his wife year-round on an island several miles off the coast of Maine.

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The audiobook is well done; flows smoothly!

Special Forces Handbook of Medical Secrets written by James Li is an amazing collection of tips in treating wounds, illnesses, and other medical ailments.  These are not the typical “home-remedies” that many of us know or have heard of, rather they are practical and easily accessible to anyone regardless of how remotely you are located.   The book is geared towards those who live or work in remote areas of the world where access to medical supplies may be limited or non-existent and those in real-life emergency situations.

Among the topics – tips for treating malaria, wounds, cuts, severe stomach and colon issues and much more. Everyone knows salt added to water will help ease the pain of sore throats and heal sores in the mouth, but healing puss filled wounds with sugar or honey?  I had to laugh over the fecal treatment – I am sure that is not something anyone will willingly consent to having … all the same – very interesting!

This is an excellent audiobook that describes the treatment and uses of such remedies.  A definite “must-listen” audiobook for everyone!  It is a brief audiobook but one that is packed with useful and vital information.

The narrator, Mike Ortego, performs the book clearly and well.  His voice is authoritative and concise which helps add to the validity of the book.  Ortego performed the book in a soothing tone, yet not one that puts the listener to sleep.  He injected the right amount of wonder, seriousness, and fun to the book.

The audiobook is well done; flows smoothly!  There were no issues with the audio quality or production of this audiobook.

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Great for those soon to travel

I am no medical expert but enjoy getting out into the world. I went to Nepal a few years ago and became very sick. I had no medical help and couldn't communicate with locals well enough to get treatment. I wish I had read this book before then. It would have saved me a month of illness. Furthermore his description of different medicines is eye opening for anyone not familiar with modern shotgun medicine. This book is a great starting place for anyone getting ready to travel. I will keep it in my back pocket.
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- michael graves

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2017
  • Publisher: James Li