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Account of the Native Africans in the Neighbourhood of Sierra Leone

Account of the Native Africans in the Neighbourhood of Sierra Leone
To which is Added, an Account of the Present State of Medicine among Them
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  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108020886

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  • Sierra Leone in West Africa is the subject of this 1803 work by English physician Thomas Winterbottom (1766–1859). In the 1790s he spent four years there working for the Sierra Leone Company, established by abolitionists to resettle ex-slaves, and combatting diseases such as malaria and scurvy. He displays none of the pejorative views of Africa or its inhabitants that some of his contemporaries expressed, but has a very positive opinion of the country. Winterbottom describes the women as beautiful and graceful, and he dismisses racial differentiations based on skin colour as being absurd. In Volume 1 he draws a many-faceted picture of the climate, history and traditions of Sierra Leone. Volume 2 focuses on African medicine and common diseases found in Sierra Leone.

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    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108020886
    • dimensions: 322 x 252 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.31kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Division of the African coast
    2. Division of the year
    3. Agriculture
    4. Diet
    5. Situation of African towns
    6. Ordinary employments
    7. Amusements
    8. Government
    9. Situation of women
    10. Wars
    11. Trade
    12. Persons of the natives
    13. General characters of the Africans as given by different authors
    14. Religion
    15. Union of medicine with magic
    Appendix
    Index. Volume 2:
    1. Introduction
    2. General diseases
    3. Venereal disease
    4. Elephantiasis
    5. Dracunculus or Guinea Worm
    6. Enlargement of the scrotum
    7. Diseases of the eyes
    8. Yaws
    9. Herpes
    10. Bites of snakes
    11. Burns and scalds
    12. The diseases of women
    13. The diseases and management of children
    Appendices
    Index
    Errata.

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    Thomas Winterbottom

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