African Medical Pluralism

Edited by William C. Olsen and Carolyn Sargent

Contributions by Koen Stroeken, Claire Wendland, Arthur Kleinman, John M. Janzen, Susan J. Rasmussen, Stacey A. Langwick, Carolyn Sargent, Christopher Taylor, Elisha P. Renne, Brooke Grundfest Schoepf, Ulrika Trovalla, Benson Mulemi and James Leslie Kennell

Published by: Indiana University Press

280 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 7 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253024916
  • Published: February 2017


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253024770
  • Published: February 2017


  • eBook
  • 9780253025098
  • Published: February 2017


In most places on the African continent, multiple health care options exist and patients draw on a therapeutic continuum that ranges from traditional medicine and religious healing to the latest in biomedical technology. The ethnographically based essays in this volume highlight African ways of perceiving sickness, making sense of and treating suffering, and thinking about health care to reveal the range and practice of everyday medicine in Africa through historical, political, and economic contexts.