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In August 2004, South Africa officially legalized the practice of traditional healers. Largely in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and limited both by the number of practitioners and by patientsand#8217; access to treatment, biomedical practitioners looked toward the countryand#8217;s traditional healers as important agents in the development of medical education and treatment. This collaboration has not been easy. The two medical cultures embrace different ideas about the body and the origin of illness, but they do share a history of commercial and ideological competition and different relations to state power. Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange, and Competition in South Africa, 1820and#150;1948 provides a long-overdue historical perspective to these interactions and an understanding that is vital for the development of medical strategies to effectively deal with South Africaand#8217;s healthcare challenges.

Between 1820 and 1948 traditional healers in Natal, South Africa, transformed themselves from politically powerful men and women who challenged colonial rule and law into successful entrepreneurs who competed for turf and patients with white biomedical doctors and pharmacists. To understand what is and#147;traditionaland#8221; about traditional medicine, Flint argues that we must consider the cultural actors not commonlyand#160; associated with African therapeutics: white biomedical practitioners, Indian healers, and the implementing of white rule.

Carefully crafted, well written, and powerfully argued, Flintand#8217;s analysis of the ways that indigenous medical knowledge and therapeutic practices were forged, contested, and transformed over two centuries is highly illuminating, as is her demonstration that many and#147;traditionaland#8221; practices changed over time. Her discussion of African and Indian medical encounters opens up a whole new way of thinking about the social basis of health and healing in South Africa. This important book will be core reading for classes and future scholarship on health and healing in South Africa.and#160;

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In August 2004, South Africa officially legalized the practice of traditional healers. Largely in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and limited both by the number of practitioners and by patientsand#8217; access to treatment, biomedical practitioners looked toward the countryand#8217;s traditional healers as important agents in the development of medical education and treatment. This collaboration has not been easy. The two medical cultures embrace different ideas about the body and the origin of illness, but they do share a history of commercial and ideological competition and different relations to state power. Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange, and Competition in South Africa, 1820and#150;1948 provides a long-overdue historical perspective to these interactions and an understanding that is vital for the development of medical strategies to effectively deal with South Africaand#8217;s healthcare challenges.

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Karen E. Flint is an associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821418499
Author:
Flint, Karen E.
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Subject:
Alternative medicine
Subject:
Africa - South - Republic of South Africa
Subject:
Witchcraft
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
Psychotherapy - General
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
History, 20th Century - South Africa
Subject:
Medicine - South Africa - History
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Alternative
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
New African Histories
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illus.
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in

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In August 2004, South Africa officially legalized the practice of traditional healers. Largely in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and limited both by the number of practitioners and by patientsand#8217; access to treatment, biomedical practitioners looked toward the countryand#8217;s traditional healers as important agents in the development of medical education and treatment. This collaboration has not been easy. The two medical cultures embrace different ideas about the body and the origin of illness, but they do share a history of commercial and ideological competition and different relations to state power. Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange, and Competition in South Africa, 1820and#150;1948 provides a long-overdue historical perspective to these interactions and an understanding that is vital for the development of medical strategies to effectively deal with South Africaand#8217;s healthcare challenges.

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