Indigenous Medicine and Knowledge in African Society

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 12, 2007 - Medical - 272 pages

At the turn of the 20th century, African societies witnessed the suppression of indigenous healing specialists as missionary proselytization and colonial rule increased. Governments, medical practitioners and academics focused little attention or resources on the production of "traditional" medicine, despite its potential use for advancing health care delivery to millions of people in rural communities and providing the basis for a medicinal industry.

Focusing on the case of Ghana, Indigenous Medicine and Knowledge in African Society investigates the ways in which healers and indigenous archives of cultural knowledge conceptualize and interpret medicine and healing. In order to unearth these prevailing concepts, Konadu utilizes in-depth interviews, plant samples, material culture, linguistics, and other sources.

This groundbreaking study of indigenous knowledge has important implications for the study of medical and knowledge systems in Africa and the African Diaspora worldwide. By closely examining a range of multidisciplinary sources and utilizing fieldwork in the Takyiman district of central Ghana, the book contributes a new dimension to the study of health and healing systems in the African context and offers scholars, students, and general readers a vital reference.

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About the author (2007)

Kwasi B. Konadu is an assistant professor of history at the Center for Ethnic Studies, City University of New York. Dr. Konadu has written numerous articles on African and African Diasporic history. He is also the author of A View from the East: Black Cultural Nationalism and Education in New York City (2009) and the forthcoming The Path Crosses the River: The Akan Diaspora in the Americas (2010).

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