Recommended Reading

Here are reading lists of books we have found of profound interest, worthwhile for persons who wish to gain the most from their trips to this magical place.

Cultural List:

Haiti: Aftershocks of History

For a comprehensive and balanced book about the complex history of Haiti, you will no finer a book than this. If you read no other book about this country, get this one.










Fewer Men, More Babies 

by Timothy Schwartz, Ph.D.

This is an expensive and scholarly work and is not intended for everyone going on one of our trips. We strongly suggest this for anyone interested in the paradox of population management in a rural economy, the evaluation of NGO studies, anthropology involving the rural people of a developing country --  in fact ANYONY interested in global health. This book is usually out of print and you may have to buy a used copy, but this Amazon link should make that possible. It is worth the cost and the wait.




Haiti: After the Earthquake

by Paul Farmer

No anthology of selected books on Haiti, no matter how brief, could be considered complete without at least one book by Paul Farm himself. This is the most intriguing of his books, more so than the epic struggle he had with the formation of Partners in Health itself. This book gives an insight into the struggle he has had running a multi-million dollar organization that faces challenges with forming national agendas in Haiti with regard to cholera immunizations and other public health issues, often at odds with Haitian officials and others.  Never one to shirk from duty, the book is a bit apologetic about his decisions, but it illustrates his brave determination to do what he thinks is the correct course of action.

Travesty in Haiti

by Timothy Schwartz, Ph.D.

One of the tragic issues in any developing country are failed, misguided, or self-serving interests of special ineptest groups to provide help to that country. Medical Student Missions is attempting to avoid become as much a part of the problem as the solution. This is a magnificent book evaluating, in simple terms, what these groups can and have done that we do not want to do. It is an enjoyable read, except for the tragic outcomes that it portrays. It is really a must read to understand what you are getting into and observing.




Mountain Beyond Mountains

by Tracy Kidder

This is the story of Paul Farmer, M.D., who founded Partners in Health in Haiti and won the Nobel Prize in so doing. It is an amazing story of dedication and struggle about a person who has created a giant NGO that is now multinational. It is a story of inspiration and of the sacrifice such inspiration will be demanded in those attempting such greatness.


The Great Haiti Humanitarian Aid Swindle 

by Timothy Schwartz, Ph.D.

The inside story of how some of the world’s most respected humanitarian aid agencies have deceived and manipulated the overseas public regarding what is really happening in Haiti.

Author Books:

Here is a brief list of books which our instructors have authored, edited, contributed to, or inspired:

Wilderness Medicine,
7th Edition

by William W. Forgey, M.D.










Basic Illustrated, Wilderness First Aid (2016)

by William W. Forgey, M.D.











Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines,
5th Edition

Edited by William W. Forgey, M.D.

The Prepper's Medical Handbook,

by William W. Forgey,



Released 04/2020


Tactical Combat Casualty Care

by US Department of Defense

Our CME Instructor Brad Bennett, current President of the Wilderness Medical Society – had great impact in this book's development. 

Mountain Rescue Doctor

by Christopher Van Tilburg. M.D.











The Adrenaline Junkie’s
Bucket List

by Christopher Van Tilburg. M.D.












and Dr. Christopher Van Tilburg’s latest:

Backcountry Snowboarding