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Dimanche 25 octobre 2020
« Tizian Zumthurm uses the extraordinary hospital of an extraordinary man to produce novel insights into the ordinary practice of biomedicine in colonial Central Africa. His investigation of therapeutic routines in surgery, maternity care, psychiatry, and the treatment of dysentery and leprosy reveals the incoherent nature of biomedicine and not just in Africa. Reading rich archival sources against and along the grain, the author combines concepts that appeal to those interested in the history of medicine and colonialism. Through the microcosm of the hospital, Zumthurm brings to light the social worlds of Gabonese patients as well as European staff. By refusing to easily categorize colonial medical encounters, the book challenges our understanding of biomedicine as solely domineering or interactive. »
Tizian Zumthurm has defended his Ph.D in February 2018 at the Institute for the History of Medicine at the University of Bern. He is a historian of medicine and Africa, interested in the everyday tensions and connections between theories and practices, between ideas and improvisations.
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