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.
in the 2013 edition of Where There Is No
•Revised first aid material
•New sections on burns, headaches, poisoning,
and allergic reactions
“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”
“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:
- 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.
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