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Indigenous Theories of Contagious Disease - Edward C. Green

Indigenous Theories of Contagious Disease

Paperback Published: 1st February 1999
ISBN: 9780761989417
Number Of Pages: 311

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Far from being the province of magic, witchcraft, and sorcery, indigenous understanding of contagious disease in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world very often parallels western concepts of germ theory, according to the author. Labeling this 'indigenous contagion theory (ICT),' Green synthesizes the voluminous ethnographic work on tropical diseases and remedies_as well as 20 years of his own studies and interventions on sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, and traditional healers in southern Africa_to demonstrate how indigenous peoples generally conceive of contagious diseases as having naturalistic causes. His groundbreaking work suggests how western medical practitioners can incorporate ICT to better help native peoples control contagious diseases.

This important new book paves the way for effective working relationships between indigenous healers and the providers of biomedical health services, and for more effective health promotion and disease prevention across the world.... I would recommend Indigenous Theories of Contagious Disease to medical anthropologists and the others who are interested in the bio-socio-cultural and historical underpinnings of ICTs, as well as to anyone with a concern for indigenous knowledge and development.--Mirjam J.E. van Ewijk, European Research Centre of Migration and Ethnic Relations "Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor, Vol. 8, Issue 1 "

Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
African Health Beliefsp. 21
Pollution and Other Contagion Beliefs among Bantu Speakersp. 55
Resistance to Illness and the Internal Snake Conceptp. 89
Childhood Diarrheap. 107
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDSp. 135
Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Other Infectious Diseasesp. 179
Indigenous Contagion Theory in Broader Perspectivep. 217
Theoretical Implicationsp. 245
Referencesp. 271
Author Indexp. 293
Subject Indexp. 299
About the Authorp. 311
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ISBN: 9780761989417
ISBN-10: 0761989412
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 311
Published: 1st February 1999
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.72  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.51