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Village Medical Manual: A Guide to Health Care in Developing Countries (7th ed.)

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Chapter 1: Patient Evaluation and Logic of Diagnosis

Chapter 2: Infection, Sanitation, Immunization

Chapter 3: Buying and Using Medicines

Chapter 4: Emergencies

Chapter 5: Malnutrition

Chapter 6: Periods and Pregnancies

Chapter 7: Childbirth

Chapter 8: Pain Control, Sedation, Muscle Relaxation

Chapter 9: Soft Tissue Injuries Except Lacerations

Chapter 10: Lacerations

Chapter 11: Sudden Bone and Joint Injuries, Principles

Chapter 12: Common Bone and Joint Injuries, Upper Body

Chapter 13: Common Bone and Joint Injuries, Lower Body



Index to Both Volumes


Index A: Symptoms

     I: Abnormal Vital Signs

     II: Whole-Body Problems

     III: Skin Problems

     IV: Head Problems

     V: Neck Problems

     VI: Upper Limb Problems

     VII: Chest Problems

     VIII: Abdominal Problems

     IX: Pelvic And Rectal Problems

     X: Lower Limb Problems

     XI: Back Problems

Index B: Differential Diagnosis

Index C: Conditions

Index D: Drug Index

Indices E--U: Regional Notes

     Index E: Eastern Europe, Western Asia

     Index F: Africa South Of The Sahara

     Index I: Indian Subcontinent

     Index K: Central Asian Republics

     Index M: Americas

     Index N: Arctic

     Index O: Eastern Asia

     Index R: Mediterranean, Middle East

     Index S: Southeast Asia

     Index U: South Pacific

Index To Both Volumes

Village Medical Manual: A Guide to Health Care in Developing Countries (7th ed.)
Volume 1: Principles, Procedures, and Injuries; and Volume 2: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Mary Vanderkooi M.D., D.T.M.& H.

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 location 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:

  • Regional 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

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      • It is a valuable resource for primary care providers in developing country settings everywhere—considerably more useful and comprehensive than other introductory healthcare manuals.
        Geoff Protheroe, M.D., MSc, health consultant, AIM International

          • The Village Medical Manual is the perfect resource for teaching the ability to deliver reasonable and competent healthcare in areas where professional care is unlikely/unavailable. The manual’s diagnostic protocols and extensive information on tropical diseases are incompArable. I highly recommend these books to anyone interested in delivering effective healthcare to cultures remote from realistic medical care.

            Frederick “Bo” Kail R.N., MSN, professor and
            practitioner of transcultural nursing

          • Myself and my team LOVE VMM. Not only is it invaluable for figuring out our own symptoms, but it helps so much when we are diagnosing problems we've never encountered before. It is very user friendly, and the lists of alternate medications are really helpful in a low-resource setting. We are so thankful for this resource! 

            Melissa, Midwife from Western Africa


          Additional Details

          • Pages: Vol 1 - 304 pgs, Vol 2 - 656 pgs
          • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
          • Binding: paperback
          • Publish Year: 2019
          • ISBN: 9780878082612
          • Vendor: William Carey Publishing