Article ID: CBB354084470

Trypanosomiasis, Tropical Medicine, and the Practices of Inter-Colonial Research at Lake Victoria, 1902-07 (2019)


Webel, Mari K. (Author)

History and Technology
Volume: 35
Issue: 3
Pages: 266-292

Publication Date: 2019
Edition Details: Special Issue: Empires of Knowledge
Language: English

As sleeping sickness appeared in epidemics across Africa c. 1900, it stimulated a race among colonial medical personnel and Europe-based scientists to discover its causative pathogen, its mode of transmission, and, ideally, a cure. Scientists circulated between hubs of research in Europe and key field sites in Africa, monitoring each other’s progress and often maintaining long-term relationships colored by collaboration and competition. The Lake Victoria littoral was an epicenter of both significant mortality and important research before WWI. This article explores the intellectual implications of colonial connectivity at local scale, focusing on changing ideas about sleeping sickness, the communication of research strategies and methods, and the circumstances of life and research in this imperial hinterland and colonial borderland in eastern Africa. Exploring research dynamics around Lake Victoria illuminates the inadequacies of colonial scientific and medical capabilities and both the generative and limiting aspects that the contingencies of colonial research created.

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Authors & Contributors
Neill, Deborah Joy
Webel, Mari K.
Haynes, D. M.
Jones, M.
Desowitz, Robert S.
Tilley, Helen
Social History of Medicine
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
W. W. Norton & Co.
I. B. Tauris
Oxford University Press
Stanford University Press
Columbia University
Boston University
Trypanosomiasis, African
Public health
Ehrlich, Paul
Koch, Robert
Jamot, Eugene
Winthrop, John
Finlay, Carlos Juan
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
18th century
17th century
East Africa
North America
Tanzania (Tanganyika, Zanzibar)
London (England)

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