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Book Note – Where there is no Doctor



When I was in the Peace Corps (Liberia) many volunteers had and used this book, despite strongly worded caveats from the Peace Corps Office

Where there is no doctor (free download)

This book is the most widely used health education book in tropical developing countries. Based on David Werner’s experiences at his Project Piaxtla in western Mexico, it was originally written in Spanish as Donde No Hay Doctor. It has since been revised and has sold over one million copies and been translated into over 100 languages.

It covers all aspects of people’s health ranging from diarrhea to malaria and bone fractures and ringworm. The book explains to you what you can do yourself and how to prevent, recognise and treat many common sicknesses. There is also a large section on giving first aid.

June 7, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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