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Author Green, Edward C. (Edward Crocker), 1944-

Title Indigenous theories of contagious disease / Edward C. Green
Published Walnut Creek, Calif. : AltaMira Press, [1999]


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Description 311 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Foreword / W. Penn Handwerker -- Ch. 1. African Health Beliefs -- Ch. 2. Pollution and Other Contagion Beliefs among Bantu Speakers -- Ch. 3. Resistance to Illness and the Internal Snake Concept -- Ch. 4. Childhood Diarrhea -- Ch. 5. Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS -- Ch. 6. Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Other Infectious Diseases -- Ch. 7. Indigenous Contagion Theory in Broader Perspective -- Ch. 8. Theoretical Implications
Summary Far from being the province of magic, witchcraft, and sorcery, indigenous understanding of contagious disease in the developing world very often parallels western concepts of germ theory. Labeling this Indigenous Contagion Theory (ICT), applied anthropologist, author, and consultant Edward C. Green synthesizes the voluminous ethnographic work of tropical diseases and remedies in the Third World - including 20 years of his own studies and interventions with traditional healers in southern Africa - to present the compelling case that indigenous peoples generally believe contagious diseases to have naturalistic causes and cures. For the public health practitioner, Green's work points the way in which western medical practitioners can incorporate ICT to better help native peoples control contagious diseases
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-292) and indexes
Subject Communicable diseases -- Africa, Southern.
Medical anthropology -- Africa, Southern.
Public health -- Africa, Southern.
Traditional medicine -- Africa, Southern.
Africa, Southern -- Social life and customs.
LC no. 98040172
ISBN 0761989412 (paperback)
0761991999 (cloth)