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Curing their ills : colonial power and African illness

Author: Megan Vaughan
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1991.
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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  Read more...
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Vaughan, Megan.
Curing their ills.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1991
(DLC) 91065562
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Megan Vaughan
ISBN: 0745668941 9780745668949
OCLC Number: 890434362
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge : Polity Press, 1991.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 224 pages :) : illustrations
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Illustrations; Preface; 1 Introduction: Discourse, Subjectivity and Differences; 2 Rats' Tails and Trypanosomes : Nature and Culture in Early Colonial Medicine; 3 The Great Dispensary in the Sky: Mission Medicine; 4 Without the Camp: Institutions and Identities in the Colonial History of Leprosy; 5 The Madman and the Medicine Men: Colonial Psychiatry and the Theory of Deculturation; 6 Syphilis and Sexuality: the Limits of Colonial Medical Power; 7 Hippo Happeninggs: Jungle Doctors, Children and Animals. 8 'Seeing is Believing' : Colonial Health Education Films and the Question of Identity9 Conclusion: The Changing Nature of Biomedical Discourse on Africa; Bibliography; Index.
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This is a book, which treats Western biomedical discourse about illness in Africa as a cultural system that constructed "the African" out of widely varying and sometimes improbable materials.  Read more...

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