East African Doctors: A History of the Modern Profession

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This is a history of the training and work of East African doctors since modern medicine began in the region during the 1870s. It discusses recruitment and education of doctors, their understanding and practice of modern medicine, the struggle to secure professional status and to preserve it amid recent political and economic decline. Proposing a new understanding of professionalization in the Third World, it ends with an account of their important contribution to the study and control of AIDS.

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"..Iliffe provides a vivid portrait of political constraints and the physicians' responses to them..." Georgiana Feldberg, Journal of the History of Medicine

"Indeed it is the first comparative history of how doctors and biomedical care were part of the histories of nationalism and decolonialization in Africa, and it is one of the only histories of public health and medicine in postcolonial Africa." Isis

"...a thought-provoking study of the relationships between the 'modern' African medical profession and political change in East Africa." David Gordon, International Journal of African Historical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521632720
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Series: African Studies Series , #95
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The argument; 2. Pioneers; 3. The age of the tribal dresser; 4. Makerere and its students, 1923–49; 5. The pursuit of professional status; 6. The transfer of power; 7. Uganda: doctors and a disintegrating state; 8. Kenya: doctors and a capitalist transition; 9. Tanzania: doctors and a socialist experiment; 10. AIDS; 11. Conclusion.

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