Pharmacy in Senegal

Pharmacy in Senegal

Gender, Healing, and Entrepreneurship
Patterson, Donna A.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Format: Paperback 7 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-01475-7
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Pharmacy in Senegal explores the rise and expansion of pharmacies in Senegal in the 20th century. In Senegal, as in many African nations, the pharmacy is often the center of biomedical care, where pharmacists provide examinations and diagnoses and prescribe medicines. Donna A. Patterson notes that many pharmacists are women, which adds an important dimension to this story about medical training and the medical profession. In a health care landscape that includes traditional healers, herbalists, and Muslim healers, women pharmacists have become a mainstay of the local standard of care. Patterson provides a greater understanding of the role pharmacists play in bringing health care to the people they serve.

Author Bio

Donna A. Patterson is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College.

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Tells a very important story about African access to pharmaceuticals and the development of professions, businesses, and commerce related to that access—which is not always legal.Cutting across the endless association of Africa with pandemic and global intervention, Donna A. Patterson offers a compelling account of robust, home-grown health professions that shows that the continent is firmly a part of the international medical industrial complex. What is more, women have played a major role in this development. This timely book has a great deal to teach us-not least, about innovative approaches to extending care and securing community health.Suggests a new interpretation of the role of pharmacists where, far from being minor participants and supporting actors, they instead become key players in health care delivery.Pharmacy in Senegal demonstrates the ways in which African state intervention—through education, formal loans, and regulation—helped empower a professional class of women and provided the public with greater access to biomedicine.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. France’s Biomedical Expansion: Creating African Medical Personnel
2. Practicing Pharmacy
3. Women Own Pharmacies Too: Financing Private Pharmacies
4. House and Street: Negotiating Professional and Private Lives
5. Pharmaceutical Trafficking in Colonial and Postcolonial Senegal
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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