East African Doctors: A History of the Modern Profession

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 27, 1998 - History - 336 pages
John Iliffe's 1998 book is a history of the African medical profession in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania from the earliest training of modern medical staff in the 1870s to the present day. Based on extensive research, and dealing exclusively with African doctors, it offers an understanding of professionalisation in the Third World. It describes the recruitment and education of doctors, their understanding and practice of modern medicine, the struggle for international recognition of their qualifications and efforts to develop East African medical systems after independence, and their experiences during a period of political and economic difficulty. The book ends with an account of the significant work of East African doctors in the study and control of AIDS. This is a major contribution to the social history of Africa and to the social history of medicine more broadly.
 

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One of the first Ugandan doctors, from Buganda Kingdom, Dr. Daudi Nyanzi Kiremerwa of Bukoto, a dedicated, hard working and honest person. He was also a Superintendent of Mulago Hospital one time. He worked in many hospitals across Uganda. Watch this space, I will tell you some more.
I would like to thank John for acknowledging my dear grandfather of whom I learned many things, great lessons in life and values that have made me who I am today. He left a legacy of exemplary, father, husband, uncle, doctor and grandfather, and Christian. A friend to many, young and old alike. Baganda and non Baganda. A humble man as well.
 

Contents

The argument
1
Pioneers
7
The age of the tribal dresser
34
Makerere and its students 192349
61
The pursuit of professional status
92
The transfer of power
118
doctors and a disintegrating state
136
doctors and a capitalist transition
169
doctors and a socialist experiment
200
AIDS
220
Conclusion
244
Notes
247
Bibliography
312
Index
330
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