Physicians, Colonial Racism, and Diaspora in West Africa

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"An important [book] on a crucial topic. . . . As educative as it is healing. . . . does justice to the hundreds of African and diaspora physicians who bore the white man's burden."--A. G. Adebayo, Kennesaw State College

"A carefully researched study which illuminates crucial topics in the history of colonial Africa, the African diaspora, and the history of medicine, this important book will interest scholars from many fields."--K. David Patterson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Overview

"An important [book] on a crucial topic. . . . As educative as it is healing. . . . does justice to the hundreds of African and diaspora physicians who bore the white man's burden."--A. G. Adebayo, Kennesaw State College

"A carefully researched study which illuminates crucial topics in the history of colonial Africa, the African diaspora, and the history of medicine, this important book will interest scholars from many fields."--K. David Patterson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

This history of West African medicine, seen through the biographies of African practitioners, documents the struggles of the medical profession in Africa to achieve autonomy and self-definition.

 The practice of African medicine is ancient--the source, in fact, of a great deal of Western medical knowledge from the Middle Ages onward. Until the close of the 19th century, African and West Indian physicians were able to work freely to protect the health of Africans and Europeans alike in West Africa.

 In 1901, however, when colonialism--and pseudoscientific racism--was in full force, British administrative action brought about an era of restrictions and segregation, a time of "closed shop," as British middle-class policy makers described it in the 1950s. Even African physicians trained in the United States and the former Soviet Union and Eastern bloc countries were unwelcome in their countries of origin upon their return home.

 This book discusses the role of African doctors in colonial state and society, the emergence of Africa's modern medical service, and the contribution of African physicians to an understanding of African diseases and their treatment. It also deals with traditional African medicine, beginning in Egypt 3,000 years ago. Historians and social scientists specializing in West African history, and African historians in general--especially those interested in medicine--will find the book essential.

Adell Patton, Jr., is associate professor of history at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. An Africanist born in Arkansas, he is the author of book chapters and of articles in the International Journal of African Historical Studies, the Journal of Negro History, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and other journals.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813014326
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Maps, and Tables
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 African Physicians in Time Perspective 11
2 The Medical Profession in Africa from Ancient Times to 1800 45
3 The Sierra Leone Nexus 59
4 The Easmon Episode 93
5 Colonial Medical Union and African Reaction 123
6 M. C. F. Easmon: Protectorate Clinician-Scholar 159
7 David Ekundayo Boye-Johnson and the Decolonization Era 195
8 African Physicians: From the Cold War to Perestroika 223
Epilogue 249
Appendix 1: Colonial List of Qualifying Foreign Medical Schools for the Medical Register 257
Appendix 2: West Africa's Relations with the Soviet Bloc, July-September 1959 259
Appendix 3: Ghanaian Physicians Trained in the USSR and the Eastern Bloc, 1984 271
Appendix 4: Sierra Leone Doctors Trained in Soviet and Eastern-Bloc Universities, 1984 and 1967-76 279
Notes 287
Bibliography 301
Index 323
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