Remote, Austere, Wilderness & Third World Medicine



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In case you have not run across this gem of a book, I would like to share the latest updated (third edition) version of Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction. The download is available at no cost.

The book (and its updates) is authored by a group of medical professionals who belong to a board that I am a member of. This massive work has been developed over a period of twelve years. It was written with preppers, survivalists, and professionals in mind, and it focuses on medical care during long-term, large-scale SHTF or wilderness situations where there is no option for conventional care such as hospitals, clinics, etc.

The team of authors includes professionals from three continents -- North America, Europe, and Australia (and other Down Under areas): two doctors, a Physician’s Assistant, a Biomedical Technician, a Veterinarian, a Paramedic/RN, and a Remote Practice RN. This latest update is about 606 pages (which is quite an upgrade from the previous edition of 212 pages).

I am particularly drawn to natural remedies and, as a co-writer, I will be including more of them in the next edition of this book.

A dear old friend of mine, aka GoatLady, authored chapter 21: Botanical and Herbal Medicine. She discussed preparation methods such as harvesting/wildcrafting, making teas, salves, tinctures and much more. It was written with beginners in mind.

Unfortunately, she died between editions of the book...and knowing her, I believe that she intended to include more herbs in future editions. I have volunteered to carry her torch and to cover additional herbs, wild medicinals, and other natural remedies.

To benefit a global readership, I will concentrate on plants and materials that are available worldwide (or nearly so), rather than continuing with the North American bias that is in Chapter 21. I was also thinking of adding information on how to "make (herbal) medicine" in a truly austere environment where common supplies are not available.

I am also concentrating on herbs that have proven clinical efficacy, rather than anecdotally.

I have a few other ideas, but they’re half-baked at the moment so won’t reveal them just yet!

The PDF is free and we are glad to share. There are several links to it (from the site below, where the hardbound book is sold). Here is one:

The free PDF is also available through a main-stream tactical medical course website, Active Response Training: ( They had this to say about the book (which is on their list of recommended reading and free medical references): "This is one of the best wilderness and primitive medical books available anywhere. If you could only download one reference on this list, this would be my choice."

The authors also provide a print version which is available for those who would rather have a hard copy. Because it is so huge, it is not cheap: $126.35. (The PDF is quite large: 23mb and 614 pages.) The purchase price listed is the cost of production only, there is no markup. The authors receive no monetary compensation from your purchase.

Bound hard copy available here:

I would also like to add that although it was written by professionals and has a ton of technical information, the latest 606-page (third) edition also contains a WEALTH of info that non-medical laypeople will find useful.

The authors are no slackers! They are bouncing around the idea for a Volume Two edition. It is exciting to watch the second book grow from its infancy.

I will keep you posted when it becomes available.

Until then, enjoy this latest edition of the original volume of Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction.



    1. varuna Sep 24, 2019
      IIRC, Melastoma plant and some others tropical plants that has medicinal properties or edible are considered an invasive species in Australia and Hawaii (BTW does Hawaii still count as part of USA these days?:confused:) And even in Australia they only grow in NE part of Queensland
    2. GrizzlyetteAdams Sep 23, 2019
      Thank you, Varuna. That is an interesting plant. I learned that this plant is active against both some gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, among several other things.

      The folkloric applications, if they are effective, would be extremely useful in a SHTF situation.

      Traditional uses include diarrhea, wounds, fever, rickets, toothache, and even smallpox. candidum&f=false

      This backs what you said about berries can be used as food.

      Although the plant is listed as invasive, that can also be good news if the plant is as useful as folklore would have it. It grows natively in Southeast Asia, Brazil, habitation distribution: Philippines, Southern China, the Hawaiian Islands, Japanese Ogasawara Islands, and Australia. It was introduced through the horticulture trade and are still cultivated as ornamental shrubs in Hawaii

      I think it is definitely worth further research!

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    3. varuna Sep 23, 2019
      I forgot I do have a small list of edible & medicinal plants, however my knowledge & experience of medicinal plants are severely limited

      Here s one of the plant that is typically use for wound treatment, heartburn, and Gastritis

      Melastoma candidum


      Melastoma normale


      The plant also produce small sweet - sour taste berry like fruit that is edible.

      For wound treatment, take 10 of it leaf, chew it and rub it against the wound
      For heartburn, and gastritis treatment, take 20 leaf and add 2 liter of potable water and boil it. Drink 1 liter of it 2x (twice) a day.
    4. DeanB Sep 2, 2019
      I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for the information.
    5. duke in wales Aug 31, 2019
      I've had a quick look at the PDF and it looks OK but...given that many people have the attention span of a bug about to hit your windscreen it may be an idea to cut the PDF into several downloads.
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    6. GrizzlyetteAdams Aug 30, 2019
      Varuna, as I mentioned...I will sure knock myself out to "concentrate on plants and materials that are available worldwide (or nearly so)."

      I also plan on including a few non-plant remedies, and also medicine-making techniques that will work with a wide range of plant remedies. That way, if you have access to a medicinal plant ID book, you will be better equipped with this knowledge of how to make medicine with your local flora.


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    7. varuna Aug 30, 2019
      Hate to say this but I've never heard any herbs medicine (plant species) or animals (other than human) that has global range habitat or adaptation.
    8. TMT Tactical Jul 19, 2019
      Downloaded and saved to my library. Outstanding, thanks GA.
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    9. Sonofliberty Jul 19, 2019
      I downloaded that PDF before. It has great information. Definitely worth adding to your library,