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Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook, Revised Edition Paperback – May, 1992
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I consider Where There Is No Doctor my health bible. I carry it with me on every trip I take, and refer to it often. The information provided in this book is simple, straight forward, and easy to read. I would highly recommend that any person planning to serve overseas have a personal copy for reference. --Anita Good, Mennonite Central Committee, Honduras
Where There Is No Doctor is an indispensable resource...This book has been, quite literally, a lifesaver for the poor even where there is a doctor. --Paul Farmer, Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder, Partners in Health
Home health care manuals are a dime a dozen, but this one is in a league by itself...This amazing manual...successfully brings together modern concepts of public health and personal health care into a usable and understandable format for the Third World villager. If you are a physician, dentist or nurse planning to volunteer on a medical mercy mission, review this book ahead of time and take it with you. --Annals of Internal Medicine, vol. 125, no.12
About the Author
Carol Thuman, RN, FNP, MS, works at the Alameda County Medical Center, specializing in women's health care.
Jane Maxwell holds a master's degree in public health, and has additional training in both medical anthropology and journalism. Jane has worked in community-based health care settings in Mexico, Nepal, several countries in Africa, and with under-served urban communities in the United States.
Top Customer Reviews
I have been active training people in wilderness emergency care for some years now, and this is one of the books that I always recommend.
When a friend of mine went to live in Russia (in the Siberia area) I recommended that he take along a paramedic manual and this book. Both books served him well, but he referred to this book much more often.
Overall, for a person who is going to be in a medically isolated area and/or in an area where the general level of health knowledge is low, this is an absolutely outstanding book.
This company also published "Where There Is No Dentist" and "The Village Midwife." Both are excellent. They recently came out with another great book titled "Where Women Have No Doctor." I really like and respect the work these people do.
For what it is; it does an excellent job. A huge block of it has little use here in the states, but there is at least one good tip on every page. Once you move past the political and socioeconomic points, it's a wonderful learning tool.
One thing that is often over looked; Hesperian the publisher distributes this and countless other books for FREE. Their whole philosophy is medicine should be cheap or free and is a world wide entitlement not a privilege.
HINT, HINT go to Hesperian.org and while your at it Google "Ships Captains Medical Guide." This is also a free down load and packed full of good info.
The forms included in the book for basic check ups and keeping medical records will be helpful in the future when we set up a clinic. I can't emphasize what a straight forward, useful, and practical book this is. If you intend to work anywhere in a developing country, with health or not, you need this book.
I found this book useful in diagnosing and treating tropical diseases like parasites, malaria and hepatitis-A. Bubbles in the stool, blood and mucus, how do you sort these tell tale signs out. "Where There Is No Doctor" helps you do this. I even used it to diagnose a case of celebral meningitis and saved the kids life by getting him to the nearest hospital which was 100 miles away. His parents thought it was a case of possession.
The information on drugs and doses is also useful, especially in situtations where prescription drugs, heaven forbid, can be bought without a prescription. But then again, that's where you use this book -- Where there is no Doctor. Don't leave home without it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the 10th time I have purchased this book. The other 9 books were in Spanish and I gifted them to the mayors of different villages in Ecuador that had no doctor. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Lawrence G. Wilson
YES. this is the book to get if you are a health worker in a third world country.Published 11 days ago by Meg
Not an substitute to med school by any means, but is good for stabilization.Published 12 days ago by Amanda
had this in the Peace Corps, now i have one at home. great bookPublished 24 days ago by sw stockdale
Not a medical school text book of emergency care. The book reads as advertised. Good for home, field or reference. Nice job.Published 1 month ago by jesse phillips