Karen E. Flint

Karen E. Flint is an associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Listed in: Public Health · Medicine · History · African History · African Studies

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2009 Herskovits Award finalist

Healing Traditions · African Medicine, Cultural Exchange, and Competition in South Africa, 1820–1948
By Karen E. Flint

Healing Traditions offers a historical perspective to the interactions between South Africa’s traditional healers and biomedical practitioners. It provides an understanding that is vital for the development of medical strategies to effectively deal with South Africa’s healthcare challenges.

“Flint’s work is of interest not only to historians of medicine, but also social-cultural historians working with topics as varied as witchcraft and professionalization…. Taken as a whole, the work demonstrates that the syncretic nature of the current South African medical environment results from almost 200 years of dynamic cultural exchange and competition.”

Canadian Journal of History