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Healing traditions - African medicine, cultural exchange, and competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 (Paperback) Loot Price: R218
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Healing traditions - African medicine, cultural exchange, and competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 (Paperback)

Karen E. Flint

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In August 2004, South Africa officially sought to legally recognize the practice of traditional healers. Largely in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and limited both by the number of practitioners and by patients' access to treatment, biomedical practitioners looked toward the country's traditional healers as important agents in the development of medical education and treatment. This collaboration has not been easy. The two medical cultures embrace different ideas about the body and the origin of illness, but they do share a history of commercial and ideological competition and different relations to state power. Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange, and Competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 provides a long-overdue historical perspective to these interactions and an understanding that is vital for the development of medical strategies to effectively deal with South Africa's healthcare challenges. Between 1820 and 1948, traditional healers in Natal, South Africa, transformed themselves from politically powerful men and women who challenged colonial rule and law into successful entrepreneurs who competed for turf and patients with white biomedical doctors and pharmacists. Carefully crafted, well written, and powerfully argued, Flint's analysis of the ways that indigenous medical knowledge and therapeutic practices were forged, contested, and transformed over two centuries is highly illuminating, as is her demonstration that many "traditional" practices changed over time. Her discussion of African and Indian medical encounters opens up a whole new way of thinking about the social basis of health and healing in South Africa.

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Imprint: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: November 2008
First published: December 2008
Authors: Karen E. Flint
Dimensions: 228 x 153 x 18mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN-13: 978-1-86914-170-7
Categories: Books > Medicine > Complementary medicine
Books > Medicine > Complementary medicine > Traditional medicine & remedies
Books > Health, Home & Family > Mind, body & spirit > Alternative therapies, healing & health
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Books > Mind, Body & Spirit > Alternative therapies, healing & health
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LSN: 1-86914-170-9
Barcode: 9781869141707

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