Earlier in the year the post Where There is no Doctor provided readers with the medical handbook of the same name, arguably one of the most useful medical handbooks available. The handbook, which has been used as a resource by many aid workers worldwide, is also a valuable resource for anyone who is interested or involved in improving health and medical care anywhere, independently from the medical industry.
Where There is no Dentist has been written for the same reason, (incidentally, by the prompting of Murray Dickson by David Werner, author of Where There is no Doctor), and, like that book, in the belief that:
- Health care is not only everyone’s right, but everyone’s responsibility.
- Informed self-care should be the main goal of any health program or activity.
- Ordinary people provided with clear, simple information can prevent and treat most common health problems in their own homes—earlier, cheaper, and often better than can doctors.
- Medical knowledge should not be the guarded secret of a select few, but should be freely shared by everyone.
- People with little formal education can be trusted as much as those with a lot. And they are just as smart.
- Basic health care should not be delivered, but encouraged.
Download the book from here, read it, share it, save it on that memory stick/flash drive that you’re saving all that other information that might well prove useful in a Post-Event scenario (after the shit’s hit the fan!) Don’t worry about copyright infringements, Hesperian, the publisher of the both handbooks mentioned (and more), ‘encourages others to copy, reproduce, or adapt to meet local needs any or all parts of this book, including the illustrations, provided that the parts reproduced are distributed free or at cost – not for profit.’ Kinda restores your faith, don’ it.
Knowledge is power, your ignorance is their bliss