A Barefoot Doctor's Manual is the best general health manual I've read so far and I've read many because I'm preparing one 'myself. The hook is sensibly divided into sections like Understanding the Human Body, Hygiene, Therapeutic Techniques, Birth Control and Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Diseases. It's holistic in approach, stressing the relationship of environment and emotions to disease while offering a variety of treatment modalities. The practitioner is given a choice of treating each disease with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or Western medicine. For those unfamiliar with Chinese herbs, A Barefoot Doctor's Manual contains over 400 pages on their preparation and uses with illustrations. If I were a nurse on a commune this would be my main source book.
—Eugene Schoenfeld, MD
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