by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Thank you for the wonderful response to last week’s survey. It will help me a great deal in focusing on what you’d most like to learn about.

As promised, here are the results.

1. What type of information would you like me to focus on most this year?

The Survival Doctor's Reader Survey 2015, question 1

From this, it seems I have been going in the right direction, covering diseases in the blog and including advanced survival techniques in the blog, books and especially the training course.

I would just add a note that it’s important to get the basics down first, as I’m sure you’d agree. In an emergency, if the immediate threats to life are not corrected there may be no reason to do the advanced procedures. (That’s why I also cover some basics in nearly all my educational products.)

I’m interested to know more about what type of advanced information you want to learn, so I’ll be following up with a survey about that next week.

2. What topic would you like to learn most about this year?

The Survival Doctor's Reader Survey 2015, question 2

This helps a lot. Thanks.

3. Which emergency-scenario setting is most interesting to you?

The Survival Doctor's Reader Survey 2015, question 3

Interesting and a bit surprising. I thought the top answer would probably be short-term or long-term disasters (though I do see many people are interested in that too). Thanks for the insight.

Questions 4 and 5

For the last two questions, about what types of products you’d like me to create, you expressed interest in both readable materials and practical, retail-type products. You also said you’d like an online training course.

My first online training course is already available, along with four books. Stay tuned for more in 2015 that’s targeted to what you want.


If you added a comment in the survey, please know I appreciate it and am taking it into consideration.

A few people requested a book to pack for camping, etc. If that was you, please check out Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid.

Others said they wanted to learn more about caring for different types of cuts. Please consider my interactive e-book The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds (also available as a downloadable, printable PDF). I don’t have a suturing class right now, but there are other ways to repair cuts (tape, glue, staples), and many wounds in a survival situation will heal better without sutures (due to the high risk of infection.)

Again, thanks for the many ideas. I plan to start working on them right away.