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The Professionalisation of African Medicine

1st Edition

Edited by Murray Last, G. L. Chavunduka


306 pages

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Originally published in 1986, this book draws upon a range of authors to reflect wide interest in systematising traditional medicine, and to include material on significant instances of regulation or organisation. It was the first book to study the efforts of traditional healers and their newly formed professional associations and as such constitutes a pioneering collection of sources. Because of the changing position of traditional medicine it may well also be a unique record: before long what is described here will largely have disappeared.

Table of Contents

Foreword I. M. Lewis Introduction: The Professionalisation of African Medicine: Ambiguities and Definitions Murray Last Part 1: Professionalisation Associations and Government 1. The Organisation of Traditional Medicine in Zimbabwe G. L. Chavunduka 2. Traditional Health Care in Botswana Frants Staugard 3. Assocations and Healers: Atttitudes Towards Collboration in Tanzania I. A. J. Semali 4. Government, Associations and the University: Liaison in Malawi Jerome D. Msonthi 5. The Professionalisation of Indigenous Medicine: A Comparative Study of Ghana and Zambia Patrick A. Twumasi and Dennis Michael Warren 6. Prospects for the Professionalisation of Indigenous Midwifery in Benin Carolyn Sargent 7. The Articulation of Western and Traditional systems of Health Care Carol MacCormack Part 2: Professional Knowledge and Its Control 8. The Training of Traditional Healers in Mashonaland Pamela Reynolds 9. The Predicament of the Sinister Healer Harriet Ngubane 10. Popular control over the Institutions of Health: A Historical Study Steven Feierman 11. National Medical Politics in Nigeria D. D. O. Oyebola 12. Professional Interests and the Creation of Medical Knowledge in Nigeria Tola Pearce Conclusions: African Medical Professions Today G. L. Chavunduka and Murray Last.

About the Series

African Seminars: Scholarship from the International African Institute

Originally published between 1986 and 1989 the 8 volumes in this set reflect the research and debate surrounding many issues for the African economy, society and culture and as such make a vital contribution to effective development, both rural and urban. They re-issue key titles from the International African Library and the International African Seminars and address themes of direct relevance to contemporary Africa on topics as diverse as medicine, migration, housing, pastorialism and marriage.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies