The Health Center Doctor in India

by Harbans S. Takulia, Carl E. Taylor, A. Prakash Sangal, and Joseph D. Alter. xi + 76 pages, illustrated. The Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, Maryland. 1967. $3.50

John T. Gentry Department of Public Health Administration School of Public Health University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

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This Johns Hopkin's Monograph in International Health describes the working conditions of the physician in Indian rural health centers. The conditions reported reflect the opinions of physicians and five other professional groups involved in determining health center and medical education policy. The latter include district level administrators, senior health administrators and policymakers, state legislators, social and preventive medicine teachers and clinical teachers.

Research objectives described by the authors are two-fold:

  1. 1. “To determine the opinions of selected groups responsible for directing health center activities and educating physicians about:
    1. a. actual working of health centers
    2. b. primary health center doctor's role and his problems
    3. c. problems in recruiting and training doctors for rural health center services”, and
  2. 2. To identify problems in present administrative patterns of health services and to suggest alternatives for administrative reorganization.

The authors emphasize that “the aim of this study was not to examine directly the present operation of health centers, but to seek opinions of various categories of persons who should know most about health center work and to identify the major discrepancies in their group opinions”.