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Title:Medicine and anthropology in twentieth century Africa: Akan medicine and encounters with (medical) anthropology
Author:Konadu, KwasiISNI
Periodical:African Studies Quarterly (ISSN 1093-2658)
Geographic term:Ghana
traditional medicine
medical anthropology
External link:http://asq.africa.ufl.edu/files/Konadu-Vol10Issue23.pdf
Abstract:Since the 1920s, there has been a foreground of fluctuating perspectives on indigenous African medicine and therapeutics in the medical anthropology of Africa. These circular perspectives in medical anthropology have stubbornly focused on the ubiquity of 'witchcraft', the natural or supernatural basis of African therapeutics, integration between biomedicine and indigenous systems of healing, but have failed to excavate African perspectives on or the relevance of these issues in the background of African societies. This essay argues that the failure to locate African perspectives on therapeutic matters that may or may not be important concerns in African societies is the quest for 'ethnographic cases' that lend themselves to issues in the field of medical anthropology rather than African knowledge and perspectives of the field (i.e., Africa). The Bono, an Akan society of central Ghana, provides but one of many significant case studies in the encounter between African therapeutics and medical anthropology in the twentieth century, and an African perspective on the substance of those foregoing issues in the (medical) anthropology of Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]