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Author Kananoja, Kalle, author.

Title Healing knowledge in Atlantic Africa : medical encounters, 1500-1850 / Kalle Kananoja, University of Oulu, Finland
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2021


Description 1 online resource (xii, 258 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Global health histories
Global health histories (Series)
Summary "In this ambitious analysis of medical encounters in Central and West Africa during the era of the Atlantic slave trade, Kalle Kananoja focuses on African and European perceptions of health, disease and healing. Arguing that the period was characterised by continuous knowledge exchange, he shows that indigenous natural medicine was used by locals and non-Africans alike. The mobility and circulation of healing techniques and materials was an important feature of the early modern Black Atlantic world. African healing specialists not only crossed the Atlantic to the Americas, but also moved within and between African regions to offer their services. At times, patients, Europeans included, travelled relatively long distances in Africa to receive treatment. Highlighting crosscultural medical exchanges, Kananoja shows that local African knowledge was central to shaping responses to illness, providing a fresh, global perspective on African medicine and vernacular science in the early modern world"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 08, 2021)
Subject Medicine -- Africa
Traditional medicine -- Africa
Traditional medicine
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020034142
ISBN 9781108868020