Colonial Pathologies, Environment, and Western Medicine in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal, 1867-1920

by Kalala Ngalamulume (Author)
©2013 Monographs XV, 246 Pages
Series: Society and Politics in Africa, Volume 21


Focusing on yellow fever, cholera, and plague epidemics as well as on sanitation in the context of urban growth in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal between 1867 and 1920, this book explores how the French colonial and medical authorities responded to the emergence and re-emergence of deadly epidemic diseases and environmental contamination. Official reactions ranged from blaming the Africans and the tropical climate to the imposition of urban residential segregation and strictly enforced furloughs of civil servants and European troops. Drastic and disruptive sanitary measures led to a conflict between the interests of competing conceptions of public health and those of commerce, civil liberties, and popular culture. This book also examines the effort undertaken by the colonizer to make Senegal a healthy colony and Saint-Louis the healthiest port-city/capital through better hygiene, building codes, vector control, and the construction of waterworks and a sewerage system. The author offers insight into the urban processes and daily life in a colonial city during the formative years of the French empire in West Africa.


XV, 246
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2013 (April)
public health sanitation residential segregation conflict popular culture
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 246 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Kalala Ngalamulume (Author)

Kalala Ngalamulume is Associate Professor in the Department of History and in the Africana Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College. He is the author of several articles and book chapters on the history of health and disease in Senegal and co-editor with Paula Viterbo of Medicine and Health in Africa: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2010). He has also published in the Journal of African History, African Economic History, History in Africa, Revue de Pédagogie Apliquée, Encyclopedia of African History, and Oxford Bibliographies Online.


Title: Colonial Pathologies, Environment, and Western Medicine in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal, 1867-1920