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Good, but with numerous small factual errors,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere (Taschenbuch)
As far as I can tell, Mr. Wiseman has all the basics for survival covered. Everybody who goes on a lengthy trip away from civilization should have read the relevant chapters of this book.
However, as a biologist, I could not help but notice the numerous factual errors concerning animals. To mention but a few:
"Leeches often carry infections" - this may unnecessarily distress the reader in areas of high leech activity. According to Wikipedia, leeches only rarely transmit diseases, and I have heard the same from fellow scientists who work & live in leech-infested regions.
"Tarantulas (Theraphosidae and Lycosa) are very large hairy spiders of tropical America" - wrong on multiple levels.
Theraphosids also occur in Africa, Asia, Australia and even in the USA and southern Europe. They are, however, unrelated to and not to be confused with the tarantula wolf spiders (Lycosidae, genus Lycosa) of southern Europe. Even worse, the book describes the "poison" as mild and not disabling. While this is true for most species, some tarantulas (e. g. Poecilotheria spp.) pack quite a punch. Their bite can put you in bed for the rest of the day and can lead to symptoms such as cramps, dyspnoea as well as intense swelling and pain.
River stingrays occur in Asia as well, not only in America and Africa as the book states.
The word "poisonous" is consistently used wrong. There is no such thing as a poisonous bite or sting. A toxic substance that has an active method of delivery (i.e. a fang or stinger) is called venom. Consequently, snakes, scorpions and spiders are venomous, not poisonous. A poison-dart frog would be an example of a poisonous animal. It has glands in its skin, but no active delivery method. Unless you choose to rub the frog into a wound, it cannot harm you.
In a survival case study, Wiseman mentions eating land snails raw. Snails can carry parasites such as nematodes, which can lead to debilitating illnesses and even death. Land and freshwater snails should ALWAYS be thoroughly cooked before eating. There is no warning about this in or next to the case study.
Also, many of the scientific names are misspelled. Why even mention them if you don't bother getting them right?
Now you may object that I am just being pedantic, and these errors substract nothing from the value of the book. I would object that some of these errors can, however unlikely, cause people to make wrong choices. Imagine somebody wading into the shallow water in Asia because he thinks there are no stingrays there. Or eating raw snails like Wiseman describes himself doing.
All in all a good book. Just don't blindly trust the advice on dangerous animals.