Village Medical Manual is a user-friendly, two-volume healthcare guide for lay workers in developing countries with special features that trained medical professionals would also find useful. Its intended use is for those who are required, by local on and circumstances, to render medical care. The clear vocabulary, along with over a thousand illustrations and diagrams, help Western-educated expatriates living in isolated locations to medically treat people and intelligently refer those that can be referred accordingly. It contains clearly defined procedural techniques and diagnostic protocols for when sophisticated instrumentation and lab tests are not available. It also offers solutions and advice for overcoming barriers to best practices in global health.
Volume 1 elucidates medical principles, symptoms, and procedures for routine medical care, as well as emergency situations.
Volume 2 includes vast symptom, disease (common and tropical), drug, and regionally-relevant indices to assist the reader in step-by-step diagnoses and treatment. This is a crucial reference for all who lack formal global health training but must know how to meet health care challenges in developing areas lacking medical infrastructure.
Special features include:
• Epidemiological disease maps
• Detailed diagnostic triage protocols
• Safety criteria for skills relevant to performing procedures
• Bush Laboratory Procedures appendix
• Drug name cross reference lists
• Reference chart for determining unknown patient age
• Patient history & physical exam forms
• Critically ill patient appendix for hospice-oriented care
• Water purification procedures
• Extensive index for easy navigation