After I posted the Guerilla Hospital article I received a comment from SemperFido (thank you SF, and all who commented) who suggested that readers grab the books Where There Is No Doctor and Where There Is No Dentist. I had heard about these books for years but had never read them. I knew it was finally time for me to buy these books (and another one) and see what was in them.
WTIND is written for village health care workers, primarily in third world countries. If you understand that then you will get some great use out of this book. I ordered the paperback version for ~$25.00, updated in 2020, about 450 pages long. It is thorough, with extra information even before and after its 23 regular chapters (the brown- and green-edged pages). It has been translated into more than 80 languages and used in more than 100 countries. It will be used in the FUSA soon….
The first section (the brown-edged pages) is an encouragement to village health care workers. It highlights social, psychological, and cultural information that must be considered. It is also motivational. Because I have been involved in medical trips overseas reading this section triggered memories that made my eyes tear up. If you have done medical trips overseas you know what is coming to our country soon.
Note: these are my own chapter titles but generally use the actual titles in the book.
Chap. 1: This chapter addresses “home remedies” and gives advice to combat popular (unhelpful) beliefs.
Chap. 2: Easily confused diseases and how important communication is
Chap. 3: Examination of the sick patient
Chap. 4: Basic care
Chap. 5: Preventative care, especially clean water
Chap. 6: Dangerous medicines
Chap. 7: Antibiotics
Chap. 8: Measuring and administering medicine
Chap. 9: Injectable medicines
Chap. 10: First Aid and Some Emergencies
Chap. 11: Nutrition
Chap. 12: Prevention of Disease
Chap. 13: Common Sicknesses
Chap. 14: Serious Illnesses
Chap. 15: Skin problems
Chap. 16: Eye problems
Chap. 17: Mouth
Chap. 18: Urogenital system
Chap. 19: Info for mothers/midwives
Chap. 20: Family planning
Chap. 21: Health of children
Chap. 22: Health of older people
Chap. 23: Medical kits
The “green-edged” pages: List of Medicines, extra info about HIV, drug abuse, etc.
If you are a medical professional, particularly a primary care worker, you are going to know much of this book already. It is a good reference to have, though, and I’m glad I have a copy now. If no one in your group has much medical training then you will want this book. It will soon be very useful for small groups of patriots.
Hey, do something this week to better your situation medically.
DVM is a retired Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Professor of Human Anatomy and Physiology, devout Christian, Father and American Patriot.