Today’s the day. The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook: What to Do When Help Is NOT on the Way goes on sale. As I told you a couple of weeks ago, this is my most in-depth book yet. It’s the one I’ve been itching to publish since I began my quest to provide information about what to do for medical problems when expert help is not available.
With The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook, you’ll have my most important tips at your fingertips anytime—when the electricity goes out, the Internet goes down, or 911 is not a phone call away.
And here’s even more good news: If you buy the book this week (by May 23) through the Reader’s Digest store, at Amazon.com or anywhere books are sold, I’ll include, for free, my PDF guide to preventing infectious disease. Just email your receipt to communications [at] thesurvivaldoctor [dot] com to get the guide.
If your favorite bookstore doesn’t have The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook, please ask if they will get it for you. The more who ask, the more places it will be available.
Below is a sample of what you’ll find in The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook—a timely excerpt for fishin’ season.
If you’ve ever even thought of going fishing, you need to know how to remove a fish hook. It’s not easy. That barb that keeps the fish from pulling the hook out works just as well on human flesh.
Below is one of the many illustrated how-to procedures in The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook. Illustrations are one of the main elements I insisted on to my publisher, Reader’s Digest. I’ve always found that they really enhance my understanding of how-to procedures, and overall understanding of medical problems and solutions. Reader’s Digest agreed. You’ll find over 90 illustrations in this book.
Embedded Fish Hooks
If you’ve ever stuck a fish hook into your flesh, you know they do a good job of digging in to stay. It happens all the time. You hook either yourself, your fishing partner, or some poor soul who just happens to be in the way of your casting. I’ve seen hooked fingers, hands, faces, legs, and cheeks (both front and rear).
Clean the area first. If the hook has more than one barb, put tape around the loose one so it won’t become embedded during the procedure. Find some strong string, such as fishing line or dental floss. Place a length of string around the curve of the embedded hook. Press down on the back of the hook so the barb will dislodge and pull the string quick and fast. The hook may come flying out, so watch your own body parts.
If that doesn’t work, you can advance the hook through the skin and cut the barb off. Ouch. Of course, this is going to damage more flesh, but it is a way to get the hook out.
If you unfortunately hook your eyeball, leave the hook alone and get immediate expert help if at all available. It’s your best chance of saving some vision.
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