Where There Is No Doctor…
January 25, 2012
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From the Centre of the Psyclone blog
Where there is no doctor: a village health care handbook by David Werner was first published in English in 1977. It is a handbook designed primarily for nonphysicians in the Third World, and has become a feature in the resource kit of many aid workers worldwide. Anyone who is interested or involved in improving health and medical care anywhere, independently from the medical industry, will find this a valuable resource. The authors have presented information clearly and in simple language for ordinary persons to use in preventing and treating most common health problems in their own homes.
From the introduction:
This handbook has been written primarily for those who live far from medical
centers, in places where there is no doctor. But even where there are doctors, people can and should take the lead in their own health care. So this book is for everyone who cares. It has been written in the belief that:
- Health care is not only everyone’s right, but everyone’s responsibility.
- Informed self-care should be the main goal of any health program or activity.
- Ordinary people provided with clear, simple information can prevent and treat most common health problems in their own homes—earlier, cheaper, and often better than can doctors.
- Medical knowledge should not be the guarded secret of a select few, but should be freely shared by everyone.
- People with little formal education can be trusted as much as those with a lot. And they are just as smart.
- Basic health care should not be delivered, but encouraged.
Where There Is No Doctor has been translated into more than 80 languages and is used by village health workers in over 100 countries.
The following is a review of the book. The page also contains a variety of other video productions and links concerned with survival, all of which if taken in in a timely manner could make all the difference in an ‘event scenario’, which from this point on I’ll refer to as when the shit hits the fan (SHTF)
Where There Is No Doctor can be downloaded from here and from the publisher’s website www.hesperian.org