Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook

Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook Hesperian s classic manual, Where There Is No Doctor, is perhaps the most widely used health care manual in the world Useful for health workers, clinicians, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs, with millions of copies in print in thanlanguages, the manual provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent common diseases Special attention is focused on mutrition, infection and disease prevention, and diagnostic techniques as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems Thisreprint features updated medicines, plus information on tuberculosis and HIV, including guidelines for anti retroviral therapy and preventing HIV in babies even though I m a student, but I have interest with everything about doctor and this book really helped me to know everything about type of sickness or something like that.One thing you have to know, this book realllyy thick But I finished it for 3 days, hehewhat a good book I first started using this book when I worked in a refugee camp in 1984 Since then I ve used material from it in training workshops in 12 different countries It s hard to overemphasize how important this book is, not only as a text, but from a philosophical standpoint Werner has spent his life trying to decrease our dependence on the medical establishment and this book does it perfectly, carefully noting when and why we need to seek professional care, but listing all the areas of health that I first started using this book when I worked in a refugee camp in 1984 Since then I ve used material from it in training workshops in 12 different countries It s hard to overemphasize how important this book is, not only as a text, but from a philosophical standpoint Werner has spent his life trying to decrease our dependence on the medical establishment and this book does it perfectly, carefully noting when and why we need to seek professional care, but listing all the areas of health that can be managed at home, even for people with little or no education It s simple, smart, kind and filled with clear, delightful illustrations Updated editions do a good job of maintaining Werner s original intent, and spin offs carry on his philosophy into other areas of health The book is so widely translated and used that it has changed the way aid agencies operate Utterly brilliant This was my medical reference book during my time in the Peace Corps I think I diagnosed myself with African River Blindness about 200 times. If you have joined the Peace Corps, you have read this bookand probably reread it about twenty five times after It is an immense source of knowledge of medical conditions, treatments and resources available for communities without professional help available Everything from how to take blood pressure and what those results actually mean to a differential diagnosis of stomach pain, it has become essential to me in working with community health workers learning to deal with major medical pr If you have joined the Peace Corps, you have read this bookand probably reread it about twenty five times after It is an immense source of knowledge of medical conditions, treatments and resources available for communities without professional help available Everything from how to take blood pressure and what those results actually mean to a differential diagnosis of stomach pain, it has become essential to me in working with community health workers learning to deal with major medical problems Although it is an old book, it has been updated with added appendices on a host of modern medical issues, including HIV AIDS, prenatal care,geriatric care, contraception family planning techniques, and a catalog of modern medicines to combat diseases Some issues that I can raise is there is a lack of resources for mental health care while the appendix contains information on substance abuse, there is relatively little on caring for those with mental disorders without resorting to claims of demonic possessions or curses which, in my experience, is a pretty common default diagnosis Western care may not be available or even appropriate for these disorders, but it would be helpful to acknowledge them and their symptoms schizophrenia and psychoses are just as common in the developing world as anywhere else and explain that these are in no way supernatural In addition, acomprehensive section on TB, particularly dealing with the growing threat of drug resistant strains, would be quite useful But aseditions are printed, and the epidemiological climate changes, I am sure it will be updated accordingly.I have used this book extensively it is dog eared and marked all over I travel with it constantly, and use the pictures and diagrams to explain concepts to my community It is fantastic, and anyone interested in community health would be remiss to be without it

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