HARTWIG, Gerald W., and K, David PATTERSON AZEVEDO, Mario Joaquim BROWN, James W. DELANCEY, Mark W.
Title: Disease in African History : An Introductory Survey and Case Studies. FirstEdition in dustjacket
Publisher:  DuJce University Center for Commonwealth and Comparative Studies, Duke University Press, Durham, N.C. , 1978, ISBN:0822304104
Seller ID: 110341
HARTWIG, Gerald W., and K, David PATTERSON, (eds). Disease in African History : An Introductory Survey and Case Studies.. Mario Joaquim Azevedo; JamesW. Brown; Mark W. DeLancey; CharJes M. Good; Gerald W. Hartwig; K. David P atterson. Durham, N.C.: Number 44 in a series published for the Duke University Center for Commonwealth and Comparative Studies, Duke University Press, 1978. First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-xiv,(2),-258. Index. Map. 8vo, blackcloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Students of the African past have paid sc ant attention to problems of disease and medicine, despite the extensive social, economic, political, and demographic consequences of the continent's heavy burden of endemic and epidemic diseases. The major purpose of [this book] is to introduce Africanists to the fundamental role of disease and medical conditions in the continent of Africa and to illustrate to them the potential significance these questions haave to their own research. Simultaneously, the volume provides medical historians with interests outside Africaan understanding of Africa's experience with disease and medical care. An introductory chapter presents basic epidemiological ideas, advances a general hypothesis of the main lines of disease history in Africa, and discussesa wide ranqe of problems that require additional research. Seven chapters are case studies of relationships between disease and society in various geographical areas of Africa. These essays include contributions on the social consequences of disease in nineteenth century East Africa, the course andimpact of epidemics in twentieth century Chad and southern Ghana, labor mi gration and heaitn in Cameroon, river blindness and the weaknesses of colonial health care in northern Ghana, and the course, consequences, and control measures against tick-borne relapsing fever in East Africa and the louse-borne form of the disease in Sudan. A concluding bibliographical essay surveys the existing literature. The book is primarily addressed to Africanists, but as a pioneering work on a continent whose medical past is still largely uncharted, it should be of interest to historians of medicine and to scholars concerned with colonilism in Africa and other world areas." (from thedj). Contents : 1. The disease factor : an introductory overview (by K. Da vid Patterson and Gerald W. Hartwig). 2. Social consequences of epidemic diseases : the nineteenth century in Eastern Africa (by Gerald W. Hartwig). 3. Man, milieu, and the disease factor : tick-borne relapsing fever in east Africa (by Charles M. Good). 4. River blindness in northern Ghana, 1900-50 (by K. David Patterson). 5. Epidemic disease among the Sara of southern Chad, 1940 (by Mario Joaquim Azevedo). 6. Health and disease on the plantations of Cameroon, 1884-1939 (by Mark W. DeLancy). 7. Increased intercommunication and epidemic disease in early colonial Ashanti (by James W. Brown). 8. Louse-borne relapsing fever in Sudan, 1908-51 (by Gerald W. Hartwi). 9. Bibliographical essay (by K. David Patterson). Penned name, else very good in worn, spine-sunned, tape-repaired dustjacket. 40.00