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David Livingstone and the Myth of African Poverty and Disease [electronic resource]

  • Rijpma, Sjoerd
  • Brill Academic Publishers
  • 2015
David Livingstone and the Myth of African Poverty and Disease [electronic resource]
  • Data Type
    Book
  • Title/Author
    David Livingstone and the Myth of African Poverty and Disease[electronic resource] / Sjoerd Rijpma.
  • Publication
    [New York] : Brill Academic Publishers, 2015.
  • Author
    Rijpma, Sjoerd
  • Phy Desc.
    1 online resource.
  • Total State.
    Afrika-studiecentrum Series ;
  • Topical Term
    Nutrition
    Public health
  • ISBN
    9789004277830, 9789004293731
  • Language
    English

Abstract

This study about David Livingstone is different from all other publications about him. Here, Livingstone is not the main topic of interest; the focus of the author is on nutrition and health in pre-colonial Africa and Livingstone is his key informant. David Livingstone and the Myth of African Poverty and Disease is an unusual book. After a close examination of Livingstone's writings and comparative reading of contemporary authors, Sjoerd Rijpma has been able to draw cautious conclusions about the relatively favourable conditions of health and nutrition in southern and central Africa during the pre-colonial period. His findings shed new light on the medical history of Sub-Saharan Africa.