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Non-allopathic doctors form the backbone of rural health

H S Bawaskar


Abstract

India is a country of villages. Most villagers are illiterate, innocent farmers who are busy round the clock all through the year. They are unaware of medical facilities in or around the village till they fall sick. They do not plan for measures to be taken if and when they are ill, nor do they participate in any medical insurance schemes. They are entirely dependent for medical care on the practitioner in or near their village. They call any person giving drugs and injections ‘Doctor’. When facing him, they are interested only in getting well and not in the qualification of the doctor or what ‘-pathy’ he follows.

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