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Until now our knowledge of African health and healing has been extensive but fragmented. The 18 essays included in this book are an account of disease, health and healing practices on the African continent. The contributors all emphasize the social conditions linked to ill health and the development of local healing traditions, from Morocco to South Africa and from the precolonial era to the present. The editors provide in troductory overviews explaining why and how health and disease are related to historical, economic and political phenomena. Several chapters illustrate how the most basic facts of everday life encourage the spread of disease and shape the possibilities of survival. Others discuss a variety of healing practices: drums of affliction in Bantu-speaking societies, Muslim humoral medicine and bio-medicine as practiced in hospitals and dispensaries. Steven Feierman also wrote "Peasant Intellectuals" and John M. Manzen won the Wellcome prize and the medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute for "The Quest for Therapy in Lower Zaire".
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"The contributors to this book share a conceptual framework in which the socio-economic factors are clearly connected with onset and development of diseases in population. . . .But there is more: for the first time, authors . . . approach consistently the problem of the historical development of pathology."--Gilles Bibeau, Universite de MontrealAbout the Author:
Steven Feierman is Professor of History at the University of Florida. His most recent book is Peasant Intellectuals (Wisconsin 1990). John M. Janzen is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas. He won the Wellcome prize and the medal of the Royal Anthropological Institue for The Quest for Therapy in Lower Zaire (California 1978).
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Book Description University of California Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110520066804
Book Description University of California Press, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0520066804