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Title:African folk medicine: practices and beliefs of the Bambara and other peoples
Author:Imperato, Pascal JamesISNI
City of publisher:Baltimore
Publisher:York Press
Geographic term:Mali
traditional medicine
Abstract:Introduction to the traditional medical beliefs and practices of various African peoples, based on a compilation of the knowledge of Bambara (Mali) healers, herbalists, Koranic teachers, diviners, patients and old sages. Chapters: introduction to Mali and the Bambara - The therapeutic process - Disease causation and the spirit world - Bambara social organization and religious beliefs - Folk medicine among rural Bambara - Folk medicine and modern health care among urban Bambara - Folk medicine in Timbouctoo - Mental illness - Fertility and reproduction - Childhood diseases - Measles - Communicable disease of adults - Chronic diseases - Smallpox and variolation - Traditional surgery - Traditional dentistry - Snakebites and other bites and stings - The traditional African pharmacoepia. Two appendices provide a synopsis of major disease problems in Africa and a glossary