Networks in Tropical Medicine


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This book was published by Stanford University Press in 2012.

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The book explores transnational connections between tropical medicine experts as they emerged in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with special emphasis on cooperation and competition in human trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) research. I argue that combating tropical diseases depended on the cooperation of experts across European and African borders, but that this did not lead to notable success in eradicating or curing diseases like sleeping sickness. Indeed, the physicians and officials who developed policies to combat sleeping sickness in Africa before 1914 privileged biomedical research and harsh containment methods that left a painful legacy in many territories. My case studies include what was at the time German East Africa, British Uganda, French Congo and German Cameroon.

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Canada

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2008
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2012

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SSHRC/Hannah History of Medicine Fellowship

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