East African Doctors is a unique and significant contribution to the social history of East Africa. It focuses on the history of the modern medical profession in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania from the 1870s to the present day. Based on extensive research and the author’s knowledge of the history of the region. It documents the raise and development of the modern medical profession.
In this book, John Lliffe describes the recruitment and education of doctors, their understanding and practice of modern medicine, their struggle for international recognition of their qualifications, their efforts to develop medicine professionalism in the midst of political and economic uncertainty, and their contribution to the study and control of AIDS.
John Lliffe is Professor of African History at the University of Cambridge. His previous books include Tanganyika under German rule 1905-1912 (1969), A Modern History 0f Tanganyika (1979), The African Poor (1987), and Africans; The History of a continent (1995).
Contents; the Argument-Pioneers-The age of tribe’s disaster –Makerere and its students, 1923-49- The Pursuit of Professional Status –The Transfer of power- Uganda: Doctors in a disintegrating state-Kenya: Doctors and a capitalist transition –Tanzania: Doctors and a socialist experiment-AIDS –Conclusion –Notes-Bibliography –Index