Free First-Aid Manuals

image: injured boy, first-aid kit, mom with first-aid kit

Here is another batch of free manuals you can download.  I don’t know about you but I am having trouble deciding which ones to print.  Hard copies are always best.  I will recommend you print all the medical books.  As far as the others, I am not sure.  It takes some time to review them.

One idea that I had, is that maybe we could share the work.  If you are familiar with a book or review one and think it is worth printing let the rest of us know.  The same if you think it is a waste of time.

Like I said before I have not reviewed all these manuals and don’t know how good they are.  Use your own judgment.



Wound Closure Manual


Emergency War Surgery



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10 thoughts on “Free First-Aid Manuals”

  1. Once again… thanks for the resources.
    Does anyone have a copy of “Where There is No Vet”?
    It’s been out of print and unavailable for years. Cant find it online or in any used book store.
    Keep your eyes open for it.

    1. When I had a lot of animals, especially horses, I found “How to Be Your Own Vet -Sometimes” to be very helpful.

  2. Thank you so much, this is awesome! I have a medical background and am very happy to have these resources. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  3. I find the “Ditch Medicine Advanced Field Procedures for Emergencies” by Hugh L. Coffee really useful and informative for a field guide to trauma management both in the combat and civillian world. I personally have printed specific sections out of it and kept in my trauma kit as a quick reference guide.
    The Emergency War Surgery manual is also a good compilation but it is more subjective to the military and combat setting. It is not as applicable in civil trauma management.
    The Full First Aid Manual FM 2111 is great for the most common traumatic and combat related injuries and is a great manual for starters. It contains all the basics of anatomy, physiology, stopping hemmorhage, splinting fractures, etc. but it is not something you’re really gonna need as a medical professional as you’re gonna know most of the stuff from medschool, or nursing school or EMT school, whichever one you go to, if you go to one.
    The Wilderness Medical Course for the USMC is more focused on the survival part of the wilderness rather than medical.
    In my opinion the best one is Ditch Medicine by Hugh Coffee.

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