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 than 75 languages 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 techniues as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems This 2010 reprint features updated medicines plus information on tuberculosis and HIV including guidelines for anti retroviral therapy and preventing HIV in babies All the stuff you learned in Health class and all the stuff you should have but didn't Indispensible This is basically a handbook for people who are charged with the task of providing health care to people in undeveloped countries It tells you basic diagnosis and treatment for common ailments and also teaches you how to teach them how to keep themselves healthy It's cartoonish and seemingly dumbed down at times but don't underestimate this book Even if you're an MD you'll be surprised at what you forgot if you haven't been working in an area with malnutrition poor sanitation and rampant superstitions 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 HIVAIDS prenatal caregeriatric care contraceptionfamily planning techniues 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 a comprehensive section on TB particularly dealing with the growing threat of drug resistant strains would be uite useful But as editions are printed and the epidemiological climate changes I am sure it will be updated accordinglyI 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 Where There is No Doctor is a guide for caring for people's health when resources are extremely limited because of distance poverty or poor infrastructure It's an incredible resource comprehensive yet written in simple clear language intended to be accessible to someone with basic literacy You can use the book to look up specific illnesses symptoms and medications or browse by chapter for holistic information about conditions impacting different body systems or groups of people children pregnant women There's a special emphasis on tropical and childhood diseases that are mostly eliminated in industrialized countries by vaccinations sanitation infrastructure etc There are also chapters on nutrition sanitation and hygiene the importance of empowering all people to care for their own health and even how unfair distribution of resources contributes to poor health and what can be done grassroots political organizingThe book serves as a reference for trained healthworkers but also as a textbook for those who don't have access to someone with training It gives enough information to make informed decisions and take action but does not belabor the reader with biology or chemistry The book also explains the limits of care when someone really needs a hospital trained healthworker or special medication and how to cope when that option is not available including supporting someone in comfort and dignity while they live with disability or dieI am super proud of myself for reading this cover to cover If that's not your jam I highly recommend for those of you reading this on a computer therefore who likely have access to doctors pharmacies and advice from the internet check out these introductory chapters and a few others Introduction and Brown Pages Words to the village health worker Home cures and popular beliefs How to take care of a sick person Healing without medicines Right and wrong uses of modern medicines Nutrition what to eat to be healthy Prevention how to avoid many sicknesses Information for mothers and midwivesThe whole book is available free for downloadI am not a health practitioner and do not have time or energy to devote to truly becoming trained in medicine I'll stick with food sorry all you MPH's That said between the work I do on ag and nutrition in sub Saharan Africa my activism in wilderness or protest settings my fascination with plant based medicine and herbalism my dirtypunk andor thrill seeking lifestyle and time spent living in the States with no health insurance I've truly internalized the value of people's healthcare tools like this This book puts simple clear healthcare instructions in the hands of anyone who can read It's set up so that you can take different paths of care depending on what you can access It is accessible for those with no training but gives additional steps for those who are trained and able to take them Similarly flexible healthcare tools include the 8 day Wilderness First Responder trainings available in the US for about 700 that teach first aid and strategic decision making during serious emergencies where there is no hospital; 20 hour Street Medic trainings usually at sliding scale 0 50 that teach physical and emotional first aid during protest situations when healthcare is often available but not in the immediate circumstances while access is in the hands of the folks cops inflicting most of the injuries; Red Cross First AidCPR and community disaster preparedness courses; and myriad books and courses on herbalism home remedies and nutritious whole foods Access some of them Do ittt reviewing this because barrett did this book is fabulous what was the uote?his mother will say it was because he ate sweets but no it is because he has eaten shit Fantastic book I keep going back to this especially when I'm sick and want to check my symptoms and I get and out of it every time The fact is that most people who get sick in rural areas don't have really complicated illnesses but since they're poor and have little to no access to over the counter type medications things go unchecked and turn into serious problems This book not only has great basic medical info but lots of prevention ideas and talks a lot about social justice and trying to find the root of community problems in order to prevent common afflictions like diarrhea and respiratory infections Love it I can already tell that this book is a very valuable resource especially for those in places far away from modern medicine I also like the philosophy of the author medical care is a human right and should not be solely controlled by a small number of individuals Some doctors talk about self care as if it were dangerous perhaps because they like people to depend on their costly services But in truth most common health problems could be handled earlier and better by people in their own homes This book was SO not what I expected It was mostly just common sense things and what meds to treat things with Meds that here in the states you have to get from a docWas looking for a book on really how to treat things when there are No Doctors what Herbs to use how to take out a bullet how to mend a broken bone make a cast those kinds of things Guess my book search continues Maybe Culpeper's Complete Herbal will be my next try 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 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 thatOne thing you have to know this book realllyy thick But I finished it for 3 days hehewhat a good book

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