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

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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: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Who makes Kedjom medicine? 1
2 Medicine in the Kedjom moral landscape 33
3 Defining Kedjom medicine, public health, and well-being 103
4 Colonial preoccupations and indigenous culture 171
5 Medicine and the ambivalent church 223
6 The shallow tradition of "traditional doctors" 263
7 The moral bases of healing and the rising tide of the market 311
8 Conclusions : a history of well-being in the grassfields 355
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