“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5
Contrary to popular belief, a Zombie bite does not lead to the demise and transformation of the bitten. Only the surrender of one’s mind and will to the fear and greed that drives the Zombies can transform a warm-blooded human into a grey, rotting, soulless, destroyer. This is both a relief and a problem. It means that ANYONE can transform into one of THEM, at any time, but the risk factors of fear, helplessness, friendlessness, greed, and selfishness make the chances of it happening, far higher. On the bright side, a Zombie bite is not lethal. It’s not even as bad a rabies. So, if you or one of your comrades find yourself bitten in the middle of a Zombie-thrashing melee, you bite that Zombie RIGHT BACK. Dispatch them. Then casually check yourself into the infirmary for some antiseptic, debridement, and stitches. Oh, and for the love of all good things, brush your teeth.
This brings us to the more complex problem of what to do if the Zombies have acquired modern armaments. It is well known that Vampires invest heavily in war industry, and many of the products produced leave quite a deadly swath. Since this goes past basic Zombie bites, you will, without doubt, need professional medical personnel.
All societies, even in peace time, need physicians. Below is a link to a famous book produced by physicians on surgery techniques for war-specific trauma. It is a good idea to download and print/save it, even if you have no medical training. DO NOT, EVER, ATTEMPT SURGERY OR ANY OTHER THING IN THIS BOOK. THIS IS A REFERENCE FOR TRAINED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ONLY. Knowledge is lost or inaccessible during conflict, and it is good to have books around for medical staff to reference. Download and print it for future use by medical staff. The internet can be shut off in a second. Use paper!
Physicians and Nurses:
‘Where there is no doctor’ was written for aid workers posted in austere conditions, so they could attend to basic medical and environmental / sanitation needs of the people they were serving. There is a lot of good information on basic sanitation, hygiene, and common diseases. Download and print several copies. Send to your friends! Post on Facebook. Just circulate it!
Where There is No Doctor : http://piero.com/piero.www/documents/1e2ed28ed1224cfeef33860a375f5a05.pdf
‘Where women have no doctor’ deals with female-specific issues, including childbirth. It is NOT meant to replace medical advice and care of pregnant women, but it is a very basic reference manual on the primary care of women. Again, print this like crazy. Send to your friends. Just because Zombies are lurking outside the fortress walls, does not mean that people are going to stop having babies. (What ELSE is there to do when the boardgames run out? 😉 )
Where Women Have No Doctor: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs12/Where_women_have_no_doctor-op200m-red.pdf
Survival Medicine is a reference anthology written by consulting nurses, doctors, and medics who have worked in very austere conditions, and have excellent advice regarding the most common killers in ‘grid down’ conditions. They point out, quite rightly, that naturally occurring diseases are the biggest killers, not battlefield wounds. This book is an excellent reference for both the practitioner who has lost access to regular facilities, and the layman suddenly have to learn the basics. Download, print, and propagate to EVERY PERSON WHO WILL LISTEN. This is a good stocking stuffer for family. Tell them it is for a hurricane or something.
The ‘Barefoot’ Doctor’s Manual was originally written in China by the Mao government to give village ‘medics’ basic training in the management of childbirth, sanitary concerns, and common ailments and injuries. This version is the English translation. It is a little old, but it is still a good reference to look at for examples of what health problems occur when infrastructure is down.
The Barefoot Doctor’s Manual
PHARMACEUTICALS / DRUGS:
No matter what the skill of medical staff, you need drugs and antibiotics. For anyone starting a hospital or clinic from scratch, this is a daunting task. The World Health Organization compiled a list for the most basic necessity drugs, their uses, and other pertinent information. EVEN IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT, PRINT THIS OUT. Medical staff will be able to decipher it.
Pharmacists: World Health Organization (WHO) List of Essential Drugs
”Let us move forward steadfastly together, into the storm, and through the storm.” – Winston Churchill
First Aid Manuals:
The ‘Ship Captain’s Medical Guide’ and the ‘Basic Life Support Manual’ are beginner references for the non-practitioner. These are like very advanced versions of the manuals you would get for your first aid course.
Basic Life Support Manual
Ship Captain’s Medical Guide
Combat Trauma Paramedical Manuals:
The books below are published by various government / military agencies to deal with combat specific injuries. They are meant to train embedded unit medics in the first moments of critical care for the wounded. Many of the techniques in military manuals were developed at the cost of lives on the battlefield. This is as practical as it gets. Download, print, propagate, and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.
Tactical Combat Casualty Care:
Combat Trauma Treatment and Management Handbook:
Tactical Medic Handbook – Counter-Narcotics:
Ranger Medic Handbook:
Army Casualty Care:
1. PDR For Herbal Medicine: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6GE42-kvADvZTRkZmE5NTctM2JiNC00NTExLTgxMWYtYWE0MDg0MzQyYTcz/edit
2. WHO Medicinal Plant Index 1: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6GE42-kvADvY2RjMDk3ODMtZDFjYi00YmM3LWFkOGMtMTgyODExMmJmYjk1/edit
3. WHO Medicinal Plant Index 2: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6GE42-kvADvOTk4MzRkYWYtZTNhNi00OTg0LThlMGYtN2IxYWVmODE5MzY3/edit
4. WHO Medicinal Plant Index 3: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6GE42-kvADvODhhMTdkNGMtNjEyNy00NDNlLTg2M2MtMzA2ODhhYzNjNGFm/view
5. WHO Medicinal Plant Index 4: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6GE42-kvADvYzI0YzgyNGMtNGIzNS00MjlkLTg5MDAtNWVmZDY4NmU3MzM4/edit
6. A Complete Handbook of Nature Cures:
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