Account of the Native Africans in the Neighbourhood of Sierra Leone 2 Volume Set: To which is Added, an Account of the Present State of Medicine among Them

Account of the Native Africans in the Neighbourhood of Sierra Leone 2 Volume Set: To which is Added, an Account of the Present State of Medicine among Them

by Thomas Winterbottom

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Overview

Sierra Leone in West Africa is the subject of this 1803 work by English physician Thomas Winterbottom (1766–1859). In the 1790s he spent four years there working for the Sierra Leone Company, established by abolitionists to resettle ex-slaves, and combatting diseases such as malaria and scurvy. He displays none of the pejorative views of Africa or its inhabitants that some of his contemporaries expressed, but has a very positive opinion of the country. Winterbottom describes the women as beautiful and graceful, and he dismisses racial differentiations based on skin colour as being absurd. In Volume 1 he draws a many-faceted picture of the climate, history and traditions of Sierra Leone. Volume 2 focuses on African medicine and common diseases found in Sierra Leone.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108020886
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/21/2010
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies
Pages: 738
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Preface; 1. Division of the African coast; 2. Division of the year; 3. Agriculture; 4. Diet; 5. Situation of African towns; 6. Ordinary employments; 7. Amusements; 8. Government; 9. Situation of women; 10. Wars; 11. Trade; 12. Persons of the natives; 13. General characters of the Africans as given by different authors; 14. Religion; 15. Union of medicine with magic; Appendix; Index. Volume 2: 1. Introduction; 2. General diseases; 3. Venereal disease; 4. Elephantiasis; 5. Dracunculus or Guinea Worm; 6. Enlargement of the scrotum; 7. Diseases of the eyes; 8. Yaws; 9. Herpes; 10. Bites of snakes; 11. Burns and scalds; 12. The diseases of women; 13. The diseases and management of children; Appendices; Index; Errata.

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