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Science Interrogating Belief : Bridging the Old and New Traditions of Medicine in Africa (Paperback)

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Though there are wide differences in practice details across the continent, says Okpako, certain key principles set traditional African medicine apart as a distinct theory of healing and not a rudimentary form of modern medicine. He says that the beliefs that practitioners deploy in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of serious illness, though not theories by strict scientific criteria, nevertheless derive from intuitive, practical experience and observation, and encode important ideas that are critical to the understanding of the fundamental nature of illness. He discusses the enduring value of traditional African medicine, the organization of practices and the concepts and instruments deployed in the management of serious illness, and treating minor ailments in traditional African medicine. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 390.0
Genre: Medical, Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: African Books Collective
Author: David T. Okpako
Language: English
Street Date: August 5, 2011
TCIN: 50289805
UPC: 9789789210886
Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-2594

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