I'm pleased to announce the birth of our neighbor Enola Gay's totally awesome book, The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases.
I've watched Enola work on this book for months. It is the most extraordinary blend of sound medical knowledge and laymen's information.
The idea behind this book is to have a handy guide to diseases that are (cough) "eradicated." These are diseases we seldom have to deal with in our modern sanitary high-tech society, such as typhus, malaria, cholera, influenza, even starvation. Really nasty stuff, right? But what happens in a grid-down situation when modern medical treatment may not be available? What do you do if someone in your family comes down with the symptoms of one of these threats?
You read Enola's book, that's what. In simple laymen's terms, she walks you through a brief outline and history of each disease, as well as signs, symptoms, treatments, and containment. In addition to exhaustive research on each disease, she had the information reviewed in detail by a doctor with experience in many of these diseases to verify its accuracy.
The book is laid out in an easy-to-follow format. Toward the end of the book are recipes for rehydration fluids, baby formula, etc., as well as treatments for many of the side effects of the diseases such as ear ache, sore throat, etc.
As if that isn't enough, she also includes a shopping list which will insure you're well-stocked and well-prepared to handle a worst-case scenario.
In short, I believe this is a book EVERY prepper should have, no exception.