Practicing Biomedicine at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital 1913-1965

Zumthurm, Tizian (2020). Practicing Biomedicine at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital 1913-1965. Clio Medica: Vol. 103. Brill

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Tizian Zumthurm uses the extraordinary hospital of an extraordinary man to produce novel insights into the ordinary practice of biomedicine in colonial Central Africa. His investigation of therapeutic routines in surgery, maternity care, psychiatry, and the treatment of dysentery and leprosy reveals the incoherent nature of biomedicine and not just in Africa. Reading rich archival sources against and along the grain, the author combines concepts that appeal to those interested in the history of medicine and colonialism. Through the microcosm of the hospital, Zumthurm brings to light the social worlds of Gabonese patients as well as European staff. By refusing to easily categorize colonial medical encounters, the book challenges our understanding of biomedicine as solely domineering or interactive.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute for the History of Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Zumthurm, Tizian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISBN:

978-90-04-43697-8

Series:

Clio Medica

Publisher:

Brill

Language:

English

Submitter:

Barbara Järmann-Bangerter

Date Deposited:

04 Sep 2020 08:50

Last Modified:

04 Sep 2020 08:50

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.146259

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146259

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