barefoot doctor

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

barefoot doctor (plural barefoot doctors)

  1. 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.

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