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Title:Hausa medicine: Illness and well-being in a West African culture
Author:Wall, L.L.
City of publisher:Durham
Publisher:Duke University Press
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:This book describes the traditional medical practices of the Hausa people of northern Nigeria within the context of their rural village culture. Hausa medical practices and beliefs and their rural culture have been relatively overlooked. The author redresses the imbalance with this volume, providing an introduction to rural life and details of Hausa conceptions of illness, its causes and its treatment. The author depicts a typical village day, the structure of family and economic life, the life cycle, the influence of Islam and the structure of moral order, the nature of evil and the forces that threaten social order, as well as illness, traditional healers, and the logic of Hausa thought regarding medical practice.