Where There is No Doctor: Village Health Care Handbook for Africa

Where There is No Doctor: Village Health Care Handbook for Africa


By (author) David Werner, By (author) Carol Thuman, By (author) Jane Maxwell, By (author) Andrew Pearson, Illustrated by David Werner, Illustrated by Felicity Cary


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  • Publisher: Macmillan Education
  • Format: Paperback | 508 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 246mm x 26mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 22 February 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0333516524
  • ISBN 13: 9780333516522
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 61,652

Product description

With 3 million copies in print in over 50 languages, Where There Is No Doctor is the most widely used health care manual in use in developing countries today. Using simple language and hundreds of drawings, the book provides information about recognising, treating and preventing common illnesses and injuries. But it is far more than simple first aid information. It covers a wide range of subjects that affect the health of the villager - from diarrhoea to tuberculosis, from helpful and harmful home remedies to the cautious use of certain modern medicines. Special importance is placed on cleanliness, a healthy diet, vaccination, childbirth and family planning. The African edition covers diseases commonly found in Africa.

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Table of contents

Words to the village health worker(brown pages); 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 medicines; 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; skin problems; the eyes; the teeth, gums and mouth; the urinary system and the genitals; information for mothers and midwives; family planning - having the number of children you want; health and sicknesses of children; health and sicknesses of older people; the medicine kit; the green pages - the uses, dosage and precautions for medicines; the blue pages - new information; vocabulary - explaining difficult words.