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Diversity and Division in Medicine

Health care in South Africa from the 1800s


Anne Feinstein (Digby)

Contents: Setting the scene within historiography – Medical diversity within a single region: Kuruman voices – Health care providers: missionaries, ‘western’ practitioners - doctors and nurses, African indigenous healers – Role of women as missionaries, as nurses, as healers – ‘Western’ medicine and extension of ‘civilisation’ – Disease, race and empire – Nurses as culture brokers in the community – Resilience of indigenous medicine – Medical pluralism: crossing boundaries in practitioner eclecticism, and crossovers in patient pluralism – Retrospect and prospect - past structures and present prospects – Segregation and apartheid in health care – The HIV/AIDS pandemic – Attempts to create a unified health care system for the nation.