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Women in Precolonial Africa

"What really defined African gender concepts was that women were not, as a result of their biological sex, assumed to be inferior and conversely men, based on their biological sex, were not innately superior. The result was that African women had greater respect, standing, and authority than previously assumed, and they were given a particular status, especially as grandmothers, mothers, sisters, potters, farmers, healers, and religious leaders." – By Christine Saidi

Disease Control and Public Health in Colonial Africa

"Therapeutic practices varied greatly across the continent, but many societies centered on redressing imbalances in persons, societies, and environments, thereby combining the use of materia medica from the natural world, spiritual divination, and community healing. This meant that the way in which they conceived of disease and the human body differed fundamentally from the individualized body that would lie at the core of European biomedicine from the late 19th century onwards..." – by Samuël Coghe

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