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Title:Chewa conceptions of disease: symptoms and etioligies
Author:Morris, Brian
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Geographic term:Malawi
traditional medicine
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29778527
Abstract:The author's own studies were focussed on gathering ethnobotanical data. But as the vast majority of plants in Malawi are used for medicinal purposes and largely for the treatment of matenda (disease), he deemed it necessary to learn something of local conceptions of disease. Apart from some very early reports by colonial anthropologists, little published material was available on Chewa disease conceptions. The author therefore made some enquiries himself amongst herbalists and local people with respect to the identification and etiology of various afflictions. This forms the basis of the present paper. It is only a cursory examination of a topic - Chewa conceptions of disease - that badly needs careful study. - Notes.