Self treatment, African styleBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7498.1015 (Published 28 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1015
- N Charavanapavan, surgeon
- Mission Medical Department, PO Box 61019, Livingstone, Zambia, Africa
In my 22 years of medical and surgical work in Africa, this was a unique experience. A truck driver whose job involved long journeys in remote areas of Africa attended an outreach clinic that I was running with my friend and colleague Jack Gardner from the United States.
The patient complained of a three year history of difficulty passing urine, being able to produce only a thin trickle of urine with straining. He had been to many …