Far away from the metropolis, these researcher priests were largely on their own and were like barefoot doctors
consulting with local herbolario in order to learn their skills and crafts.
After the barefoot doctor
was married into another village, no new barefoot doctors
were trained to take her place before the CMS collapsed.
Decades ago, Chinas innovations in health such as barefoot doctors
and cooperative health care showed the world it was possible to improve the health and greatly increase the life expectancy for hundreds of millions of people, said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.
and Western Medicine in China, by Xiaoping Fang.
Way back in the 1940's, China under the then leadership of Chairman Mao Tse Tung introduced the concept of barefoot doctors
when there was an urgent need to render basic medical services in the remote rural areas in China.
In fact, barefoot doctors
were farmers who worked without shoes in the rice paddies and treated villagers' basic ailments the best they could.
The negative effects of destroying medical education and shipping a third of the professors to the countryside to do farm labor were acknowledged, but there was generally favorable treatment of the barefoot doctors
and the overall effect of Communism.
It is for this reason that OHO originally traded and was incorporated under the company name of 'The Barefoot Doctors
The Khmer Rouge regime appointed pet padevat ('revolutionary medics') inspired by the Chinese barefoot doctors
to treat the rural poor.
or super speciaists, cash-free healthcare or private providers charging fat fees, a focus on lifestyle diseases or malaria and TB, obesity or malnutrition, primary care or top-class medical tourism -- our health system is constantly confronting these contradictory choices.
The 'Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution' came and went, as did communes and barefoot doctors
, but Joseph Needham just went on and on.
Jan and I accompanied Daniel and his family to visit our barefoot doctors
in Putao in January 1998.