The purpose of this paper is twofold: to describe Tswana medicine as a system of thought and to show how traditional medical roles are acted out in the encounter with Western biomedicine . I want to draw attention to the contrast between the intellectual systems of African traditional thought and Western sccience as applied to health and illness (medicine).
I do not argue that biomedicine is more open and adaptable to change than folk medicine, or vice versa.
Rather, I want to show that both integration ( « openness ») as well as rejection ( « closeness »), occur when Tswana medicine meets biomedicine.
Mots-clés Pascal : Afrique, Médecine traditionnelle, Médecine occidentale, Croyance, Milieu culturel, Attitude, Politique sanitaire, Homme, Botswana
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Africa, Folk medicine, Western medicine, Belief, Cultural environment, Attitude, Health policy, Human, Botswana
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