Long ago, in a former life, I had cause to acquire this book. That copy was given away, and another bought for myself. That happened again, and another was found to grace my shelves. One way or another, I've had a copy around for.... a while. I've written here about putting together a Med-kit, and my amateurish thoughts on same. As part of that I suggested getting training might be more valuable than anything else.... but just like serious weapon training, real life medical training can be expensive and hard to find. A Red Cross first aid course only goes just so far.... That leave us hitting the books on our own, and muddling through as best we can. Not the best course of action, but far better than a sharp stick in the eye. It means buyng emergency medical books, reading them, try like hell to remember what they said, and hope we do no harm when we land in the crap. Well, this is not one of those books, so don't get your hopes up. Where There Is No Doctor covers a lot of medical conditions, and their treatment, it is true. More than that, it speaks to quite a lot we in civilization take for granted. The importance of simple hygiene, clean water, and the root causes behind serious systemic illness in a community. No, this won't be the book you flip open every time little Bobby gets a boo-boo, but that's not it's purpose. This is the book you read, storing it's information away in that little vault labeled 'Oh Crap' deep in your head.
My bookshelf has a copy, and I re-read it every few years, just to refresh the contents of that vault. It's a lot like knowing how to make fire without lighter or matches. I'm not whipping out the flint and steel every time I light my cigar, but I know how if I need to.
This book is to community or small group health what the US Army survival manual is to back country travel. Odd's are you will never need the knowledge, but having it is a good thing anyway.