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Ying Lowrey with her barefoot doctor's bag

Courtesy Ying Lowrey

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CHINESE BAREFOOT DOCTORS

To provide health care in rural areas, in 1965 the Chinese government began training thousands of young people to treat common ailments. These medical workers, known as barefoot doctors, spent half the working day providing health care and the rest of the time farming as they had done before.

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Ying Lowrey served as a barefoot doctor as a teenager in China and Tibet.

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Based on an exhibition at the National Library
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