A Doctor Without an Education

Author: Baba Nabili


Self-educated “doctors” or “doctors” without any educational background are very popular in Azerbaijan. Mainly, they treat with herbs or doing chiropractic (sawbones), as does our hero Kamal. 74 year old Kamal did not even finish his 4th year at school. From childhood he was on the streets, working as a shepherd, but later on he started to treat people and help them to paste back their bones. As he says, he learnt it from his grandfather and father. Kamal is very popular, and people from other villages, and even from big cities come to ask for his help.

His main patients are soldiers from the frontline, because the village is located in the frontline with Armenia. Many villagers left the village because of the fear of bombing.