The Importance Of Colonial Medicine

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Like any other structured system, colonial medicine left quite a number of legacies in the world today. Medicine was a very important tool used during colonization and as Keller, in his article Geographies or power, legacies of mistrust: Colonial medicine in the global present, argues: “biomedicine is a peculiarly western idiom despite its Universalist claims” (Keller, 2006). This essay will explore two of the many legacies of colonial medicine in the world today namely undermining traditional healers and mistrust of the health systems in place. Firstly, the undermining of traditional healers is a legacy that was left by colonial medicine. As Keller highlights: “the early intersection of colonial medicine with religious mission work demonstrates how such conversion efforts sought to seduce colonized populations by presenting biomedicine as a superior form of knowledge about body and nature” (Keller, 2006). Bivins in Coming ‘Home’to (post) Colonial Medicine: Treating Tropical Bodies in Post-War Britain, states that: “examining colonial practice has revealed a broader range of historical actors, including missionaries and indigenous healers, leaders, communities and patients” (Bivins, 2013) . Before the arrival of the colonialists, the colonized had ways of handling their illnesses and these ways worked for them. For example, in the Rwandan context as of today a person who has Hepatitis is sometimes advised by the “educated medical doctors” to seek the help of traditional
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