barefoot doctor


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barefoot doctor

n.
A lay health care worker, especially in rural China, trained to perform tasks such as providing first aid, assisting in childbirth, and dispensing drugs.

barefoot doctor

n
(Medicine) (esp in developing countries) a worker trained as a medical auxiliary in a rural area who dispenses medicine, gives first aid, assists at childbirth, etc
[C20: translation of Chinese chijiao yisheng, officially translated as primary health worker]

bare′foot doc′tor


n.
(in China) a layperson trained to provide a number of basic health-care services, esp. in rural areas.
[1965–70]
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After the barefoot doctor was married into another village, no new barefoot doctors were trained to take her place before the CMS collapsed.
With the implementation of rural-reform policies and the dismantling of the people's commune system after 1978, the barefoot doctor program began to gradually disintegrate.
Damry, the barefoot doctor who spoke a moderate amount of French and rudimentary amount of English who I trained to be a "doctor" and would become my lifelong friend.
As ever, Stewart offers a funny, touching and realistic take on living the dream with richly told tales of cooking for TV chef Rick Stein, gorging on plate after plate of tuna for a food competition and going to see a barefoot doctor about a rather personal problem.
He offers a funny, touching and realistic take on living the dream with richly told tales of cooking for TV chef Rick Stein, gorging on tuna for a food competition and going to see a barefoot doctor about a rather personal problem.
The nearest barefoot doctor was three miles away, in my eldest sister's village.
During her own trials as a young woman, when she was forced to work as a peasant, a barefoot doctor, a steelworker and an electrician (with no formal training for any of these jobs) she says she still yearned to write.
Among the topics are public mess halls and coercive commensality in Maoist China, the predicament of status politics in contemporary China and the way out, memories of the barefoot doctor system, and biological citizenship and its forms.
David will be appearing at The Barefoot Doctor, The Philosopher and The Scientist at the Shaw Theatre, Euston Road, London on June 21.
The reasoning was simple: If the community was not well, and that often included the animals, it meant the barefoot doctor was not doing a good job, so why should they reward him?