Barefoot Doctor Definition

A healthcare worker in China trained to attend to the basic medical needs of villagers in rural areas.
Webster's New World
A lay health care worker, especially in rural China, trained to perform tasks such as providing first aid, assisting in childbirth, and dispensing drugs.
American Heritage Medicine

A farmer or rural resident with basic medical training who worked as a doctor in rural areas of the People's Republic of China from the mid-1960s until the 1980s, generally under a government-sponsored program.


Other Word Forms of Barefoot Doctor


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Origin of Barefoot Doctor

  • Derived from the practice of farmers in southern China who would often work barefoot in the rice paddies.

    From Wiktionary

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