Introducing The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

Click the book to preorder, or buy wherever books are sold! by James Hubbard, MD, MPH For the last 13 years, I’ve made it my mission to teach as many people as I can how to handle medical problems when they can’t get to a doctor. You shouldn’t have to go to medical school to be empowered to help yourself and your family. Today, I’m proud to announce the culmination of my efforts to date. On May 17, Reader’s Digest will publish my best book yet: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook. And we’re publishing with a bang. If you preorder The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook before May 17, you’ll also receive my PDF guide to preventing infectious disease. Plus, you’ll be entered to win a package of medical-survival goodies valued at over $100.* To receive the PDF and drawing entry, simply email your preorder receipt to communications [at] by May 17, 2016. […]

By | May 3rd, 2016|General|30 Comments

“Duct Tape 911”: Get Your Autographed Copy Today!

Click the photo for more information about the book. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Excuse me if I’m a bit excited. My new book, Duct Tape 911, goes on sale today, and I think you’ll love it. The whole title is Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together. In it, through step-by-step instructions and illustrations, I show you 23 ways to substitute duct tape for medical supplies. Scroll down for some special, limited-time offers. […]

By | May 14th, 2014|General|7 Comments

You Can’t Straighten Your Finger. Do You Know What’s Wrong?

In this picture, tendons are running on top of the fingers except for the little finger, which shows the bone and the ligaments (much smaller and on the sides of the joints). by James Hubbard, MD, MPH My mother used to love to tell the story about when I was an infant and I kept complaining that my heel was hurting. She looked and looked but couldn’t find anything wrong. Finally she figured out I was talking about my hip, not my heel. It’s important to know your anatomy when you’re dealing with an injury. I’m guessing you know the difference between your hip and your heel, but what about a ligament versus a tendon? If you understand what lies beneath the skin, not only will you have a better idea of what’s going on—and be able to communicate that to others—but you’ll also have a better idea of how to treat it. Also, if a computer or book—Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid :-)—is handy, you’ll be able to go right to the information needed. Here are some definitions from my Living Ready book: […]

By | January 27th, 2014|Bones|4 Comments

4 Ways to Sterilize Your Medical Instruments [Book Excerpt]

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH For this month’s posts, I’ve chosen some excerpts from my new book, Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid, that I think will especially interest my regular blog readers. If you’ve already bought the book, I’d be interested to hear what you think of these sections. First up: Here at the blog, I’ve gone into a good bit of detail about treating wounds, but have you ever wondered when you need to sterilize the instruments and dressings you use? […]

By | January 13th, 2014|Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|9 Comments

Announcing: My First Blog Tour! (Or: Discovering Website Gems.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I’m so excited to announce the launch of the blog tour for my book Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid. Some top bloggers have graciously volunteered to review the book, interview me about it, or both. Please check them out. Besides the information on me, I think you’ll find a few new blog gems you may not be following. The tour dates and blogs are as follows: […]

By | January 6th, 2014|General|15 Comments

Here’s an Affordable, Last-Minute Gift or Stocking Stuffer

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This year, I have all my Christmas shopping done, but often, I’m one of those people scrambling at the mall the week before Christmas. If that’s you this year, I have a solution! […]

By | December 20th, 2013|General|2 Comments

Interview With “Homestead Survival”

The popular Homestead Survival blog asked me some questions a few days ago. If you have a chance, take a look at my answers and let me know what you think. It’s a fairly short [...]

By | December 18th, 2013|General|Comments Off on Interview With “Homestead Survival”

Giveaway Alert: The Survival Mom’s “Grand Finale” Bundle

The Survival Mom has a great series right now, "12 Days of Holiday Giveaways." One of the gifts in the "grand finale" is my new book, Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid. There's still time to [...]

By | December 17th, 2013|General|4 Comments

Exclusive Book Excerpt: How to Deal With an Emergency Like a Doctor Would

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH “You’re starting a campfire. Suddenly there’s an explosion and your pant leg is on fire—the searing pain, the burning flesh yours. What do you do?” That’s the first line from my new book, Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid. What would you do? In real life? For most of us, the answer is panic, if only for a few seconds. From the book: We might run, or try to pat out the fire with our hands. Who knows? For a fraction of time we stop thinking rationally, and those around us do too. Fortunately, one of us typically gathers our senses quickly and smothers the fire with water or a blanket or a roll on the ground. People sometimes tell me they’re afraid they won’t be able to function in a medical emergency; the panic will take over. But you can prepare for panic and by doing so combat it. I teach how in my book, which goes beyond basic first aid and gives information on how to survive for hours, even days, if no emergency help is available. Today, I’m sharing with you some of its advice on how to deal with a medical emergency. This is the first public excerpt from the book. It’s from the introduction. […]

By | December 9th, 2013|General|7 Comments

Limited-Time Offer: Free PDF With Book Preorder (Perfect for Under the Tree!)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH More exciting news about my book Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid. If you preorder it through the publisher, Living Ready, you can also receive a free PDF version to [...]

By | November 21st, 2013|General|10 Comments