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Title:Epistemological issues in the making of an African medicine: Sutherlandia (Lessertia frutescens)
Author:Oloyede, OlajideISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:14
Issue:2
Pages:74-88
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:medicinal plants
folk medicine
medical research
medical sciences
epistemology
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487596
Abstract:The scientific clinical trial of the African traditional medicine Sutherlandia (Lessertia frutescens) forms an interface between the indigenous local knowledge of people living with AIDS, traditional health practitioners and that of science and global health. Up till now, no cross-disciplinary studies have been done on epistemological questions concerning especially the knowledge and understanding of 'proof' of efficacy concerning an African traditional medicine. This paper draws together insights and analysis from the anthropology and sociology of health and healing in discussing the intersecting fields of knowledge and experience of pharmacology, phytotherapy and related fields, as well as that of biomedical and traditional health practitioners, and of research subjects involved in the making of clinical trials of Sutherlandia (Lessertia frutescens) in South Africa. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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