WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR: A Village Health Care Handbook

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    Hesperian's classic manual, Where There Is No Doctor, is perhaps the most widely-used health care manual for health workers, clinicians, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs around the world. With millions of copies in print in more than 75 languages, the manual provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent common injuries and illnesses. Special attention is focused on nutrition, infection and disease prevention, and diagnostic techniques as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems.

    What’s new in the 2013 edition of Where There Is No Doctor?

    •Revised first aid material

    •New sections on burns, headaches, poisoning, and allergic reactions

    Softcover, 512 pages

    Includes chapters:

    “Home Cures and Popular Beliefs,”

    “Sicknesses that Are Often Confused,”

    “How to Examine a Sick Person,”

    “How to Take Care of a Sick Person,”

    “Healing Without Medicines”

    ‘Right and Wrong Use of Modern Medicine”

    “Antibiotics: What They Are and How to Use Them”

    “How to Measure and Give Medicine”

    “Instructions and Precautions for Injections”

    “First Aid”

    “Nutrition: What to Eat to Be Healthy”

    “Prevention: How to Avoid Many Sicknesses”

    “Some Very Common Sicknesses”

    “Serious Illnesses that Need Special Medical Attention”

    “Health and Sickness of Older People” 

    and much more.

    Excerpt 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:

    1. Health care is not only everyone’s right, but everyone’s responsibility.
    2. Informed self-care should be the main goal of any health program or activity.
    3. 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.

    "Where There Is No Doctor, a book written by biologist and public health worker David Werner, is widely considered by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), anthropologists, the Peace Corps, missionaries, and travel advisors to be the authority on medical care delivered under conditions in which physicians are not available." -Journal of the American Medical Association, 2010


    "A community health worker may find a single copy of Where There is No Doctor, adapted and written in the local language, more useful than access to thousands of international journals." - The Lancet, 2004

    "Home health care manuals are a dime a dozen, but this one is in a league by itself... This amazing manual [Where There Is No Doctor]... 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

    "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, Professor of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    "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

    "Your book Where There Is No Doctor is our 'bible' of health education and is the first tool with which we equip organizations new to our program. The full body of Hesperian publications is our encyclopedia, and our experience has shown that once we have your publications we need look no further for health education materials. Even if we did look, we wouldn't find anything. There's nothing out there like it!" -Ellen Vor der Bruegge, Freedom From Hunger

    Goodreads reviews for Where There Is No Doctor

    Beginning with the development of the classic Where There Is No Doctor in the mountains of Mexico in the early 1970s, Hesperian Health Guides has developed and distributed health materials now available in over 80 languages. We work with hundreds of partners who help us update and field test materials to ensure they are accurate and easy-to-use. We take all this work to scale with a paid staff of under 25 and an ever-increasing number of volunteers, currently at over 200. Hesperian is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and is supported by the generous gifts of individual and institutional donors, as well as revenue streams from the sale of books, resources, and digital tools.

    Our resources are used by community health workers, midwives, Peace Corps volunteers, missionaries, teachers, health educators and community organizers to improve health around the world. Hundreds of government agencies and nonprofit organizations rely on Hesperian health guides to provide practical and comprehensive information that moves communities to take action on a wide range of health issues – from disability rights to women’s health, from protecting local ecosystems to training the next generation of health workers.

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