Book ID: CBB969631252

Health, Healing and Illness in African History (2021)


Rebekah Lee (Author)

Bloomsbury Academic

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 272
Language: English

In this book, Rebekah Lee offers a critical introduction to the diverse history of health, healing and illness in sub-Saharan Africa from the 1800s to the present day. Its focus is not simply on disease but rather on how illness and health were understood and managed: by healthcare providers, African patients, their families and communities. Through a sustained interdisciplinary approach, Lee brings to the foreground a cast of actors, institutions and ideas that both profoundly and intimately shaped African health experiences and outcomes. This book guides the reader through a wide range of historical source material, and highlights the theoretical and methodological innovations which have enriched this scholarship. Part One delivers a concise historical overview of African health and illness from the long 'pre-colonial' past through the colonial period and into the present day, providing an understanding of broad patterns – of major disease challenges, experiences of illness, and local and global health interventions – and their persistence or transformation across time. Part Two adopts a 'case study' approach, focusing on specific health challenges in Africa – HIV/AIDS, mental illness, tropical disease and occupational disease – and their unfolding across time and space. Health, Healing and Illness in African History is the first wide-ranging survey of this key topic in African history and the history of health and medicine, and the ideal introduction for students.

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Authors & Contributors
Patterson, Thomas
Takeshita, Chikako
Weiner, Diane
Hochman, Gilberto
Grob, Gerald N.
Horwitz, Allan V.
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Medical History
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
History of Psychiatry
Oxford University Press
Rutgers University Press
Pickering & Chatto
University of California, Riverside
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Éditions Hermann
Disease and diseases
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Health care
Public health
Down, John Langdon Haydon
Virchow, Rudolf Carl
Cohnheim, Julius Friedrich
Canguilhem, Georges
Starobinski, Jean
Darwin, Charles Robert
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
Early modern
17th century
18th century
United States
Great Britain
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
World Bank
World Health Organization (WHO)

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