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David Livingstone and the myth of African poverty and disease : a close examination of his writing on the pre-colonial era / by Sjoerd Rijpma.

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Subject: Livingstone, David, 1813-1873 > Travel > Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Livingstone, David, 1813-1873
Public health > Africa, Sub-Saharan > History > To 1884.
Nutrition > Africa, Sub-Saharan > History > To 1884.
Africa, Sub-Saharan > Social conditions > 19th century.
Nutritional Status.
History, 19th Century.
Medicine in Literature.
Poverty > history.
Malnutrition > history.
Expeditions > history.
Africa South of the Sahara.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9789004293731
  • ISBN: 9004293736
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
  • Publisher: Leiden : Brill, [2015]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 'Health and nutrition' or 'disease and hunger?' -- 1849-56: missionary travels and researches -- 1858-64: Narrative of an expedition -- David Livingstone: a usable source of 'general' information? -- 1849-56: missionary travels and researches -- 1858-64: 'narrative of an expedition' -- 1866-73: Waller's The Last Journals of David Livingstone -- What David Livingstone really discovered in tropical Africa.
Summary: 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.
Language Note: Translated from the Dutch language.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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