Curing Their Ills Colonial Power and African Illness

ISBN-10: 0804719713

ISBN-13: 9780804719711

Edition: 1992

Authors: Megan Vaughan

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Curing their Ills traces the history of encounters between European medicine and African societies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Vaughan's detailed examination of medical discourse of the period reveals its shifting and fragmented nature, highlights its use in the creation of the colonial subject in Africa, and explores the conflict between its pretensions to scientific neutrality and its political and cultural motivations. The book includes chapters on the history of psychiatry in Africa, on the treatment of venereal diseases, on the memoirs of European 'Jungle Doctors', and on mission medicine. In exploring the representations of disease as well as medical practice, Curing their Ills makes a fascinating and original contribution to both medical history and the social history of Africa.
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 10/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Rats' Tails and Trypanosomes
the Great Dispensary in the Sky
Without the Camp
the Madman and the Medicine Men
Syphilis and Sexuality
Hippo Happenings
'seeing is Believing'
Conclusion
Bibliography
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