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Where There is No Doctor Hesperian edition 17th 2021


  • ISBN: 942364155

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The most widely-used manual for health workers, educators, and others involved in primary care and health promotion around the world. Newly updated in May, 2020 to include the latest information on antibiotics and other medicines, malaria treatment, HIV, pre-eclampsia, contraception, and more.

“Health care is not only everyone’s right, but everyone’s responsibility.”

— Where There Is No Doctor

Considered by the World Health Organization to be the most widely-used health care manual in the world, this classic title is for health workers, clinicians, health educators, midwives, community leaders, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion around the world. This accessible, richly illustrated, and practical guide covers a wide range of health issues from common illnesses to nutrition, the health of children to health and care of the elderly, and from family planning and childbirth to serious illnesses like tuberculosis. Throughout there is an emphasis on addressing the underlying causes of poor health and a focus on cleanliness, healthy diet, vaccinations, and an appropriate, cautious use of medication, including an examination of helpful and harmful home remedies.

Where There Is No Doctor equips readers to protect and care for their own health and that of their families and their communities, and helps identify which problems need the attention of an experienced health worker.

This newly revised edition includes current medication information such as updates on antibiotics and other medicines, HIV treatment and prevention, malaria treatment, and prevention of pre-eclampsia for pregnant women. It expands further on diabetes, heart problems, family planning, reproductive health , and much more.