there is no Doctor
Werner with Carol Thuman and Jane Maxwell
well known book describes the realities of health and treatment
of ailments in developing countries. It departs from many traditional
health care books in that a great deal of focus is on the most pressing
needs of a community.
makes several valid criticisms of the Western Approach to medicine
in these countries. The whole point is that these are all situations
where there is no doctor and no expensive tests or treatments. The
book focuses on preventative medicine and actions that can be taken
to recognize maladies and institute available solutions. Instead
of the medical team there is the local village workers and they
must also deal with corruption, poverty , and politics while living
in the community they serve.
line of thought is also examined more closely in the companion volume-
"Helping health care workers learn" also by the
Hesperian Society and also reviewed on our web site.
This book like the other publications
from the Hesperian Society are must-reads for anyone doing international
relief. There are many good original ideas on international development
that you may not find anywhere else.