Unconventional Medicine

While volunteering in a Tanzanian hospital in 2006, brain surgeon Dilantha Ellegala saw a need to reduce the dependency on visiting foreign doctors. So he decided to teach brain surgery to a non-physician.
Assistant medical officer Emmanuel Mayegga accepted the challenge, learning the basics in 6 months. The men are featured in a new book, “A Surgeon in the Village,” by Tony Bartelme.
Adam Kushner, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says he's been part of similar efforts,  successfully training Ethiopian clinical officers to perform C-sections and appendectomies. 288 million people need surgery right now but don't have access to it.
Source: NPR Goats and Soda

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