Making Kedjom Medicine: A History of Public Health and Well-Being in Cameroon

Making Kedjom Medicine: A History of Public Health and Well-Being in Cameroon

by Kent Maynard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325071187

ISBN-13: 9780325071183

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Conceptions of medicine and medical practice among the Kedjom peoples in Cameroon embrace more than western biomedical understandings of medicine. For these peoples, medicine implies substances, knowledge, practices and institutions bound up with protection and intervention against misfortune and the active promotion of well-being. Nor are medical concerns primarily…  See more details below

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Conceptions of medicine and medical practice among the Kedjom peoples in Cameroon embrace more than western biomedical understandings of medicine. For these peoples, medicine implies substances, knowledge, practices and institutions bound up with protection and intervention against misfortune and the active promotion of well-being. Nor are medical concerns primarily about the individual. Medicine in the precolonial era was a matter for groups. In short, medicine was preeminently public. Perhaps the major transformation since the colonial period and extending into the postcolonial, has been the increasing commercialization of "traditional" medicine as African healers shift their practices away from group concerns to a focus more concerned with treating the individual. Written in a lucid style, full of vibrant anecdotes, Maynard's book will appeal not only to medical anthropologists and development workers, but also to anyone interested in nonwestern medicine and practices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325071183
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1Who makes Kedjom medicine?1
2Medicine in the Kedjom moral landscape33
3Defining Kedjom medicine, public health, and well-being103
4Colonial preoccupations and indigenous culture171
5Medicine and the ambivalent church223
6The shallow tradition of "traditional doctors"263
7The moral bases of healing and the rising tide of the market311
8Conclusions : a history of well-being in the grassfields355

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