Around 20 years ago I had a smallish book that was a collection of sci-fi short stories, and I can't find what book this was. It may have been a book targeted at youth rather than adults.
The only story I remember was about an alien that crash-lands in some rural area on contemporary Earth and sustains some injuries. The narrator gets the local doctor to come and bandage the alien, but the bandages are not pure cotton(or whatever bandages are made of), and laced with antiseptic(?) instead (as doctors bandages regularly are?). The alien then dies from antiseptic-poisoning while the government and scientists are still on their way. The narrator then rants in frustration about inequality on Earth, where you have wondrous technological advancements and just some distance away seemingly medieval conditions.