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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.
A term once used in mainland China for country health-aides who were neither barefoot nor doctors. Most were farmers who received minimal basic medical and paramedical training and worked in rural villages bringing largely preventive health care services to rural areas where urban-trained doctors would not settle

barefoot doctor

A practitioner of traditional or native medicine in the People's Republic of China. Although barefoot doctors have not attended medical school, they are trained in the use of traditional Chinese therapies (e.g., the use of acupuncture and herbs), and in some Western therapies, such as first aid.
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