WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
barefoot doctor, 
  • Medicine(in China) a layperson trained to provide a number of basic health-care services, esp. in rural areas.
    • 1965–70

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    barefoot doctor n
    1. (esp in developing countries) a worker trained as a medical auxiliary in a rural area who dispenses medicine, gives first aid, assists at childbirth, etc
    Etymology: 20th Century: translation of Chinese chijiao yisheng, officially translated as primary health worker
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