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- DescriptionThe book's greatest achievement may be its demonstration that the rise and fall of social medicine in the second half of the twentieth century is t merely a story about Europeans and Americans attempting to impose their visions on the rest of the world, but also the story of a collaboration - albeit a tense, tenuous, and limited collaboration - in which Africans actively participated. -Canadian Journal of History Black Skin, White Coats is a history of psychiatry in Nigeria from the 1950s to the 1980s. Working in the contexts of decolonization and anticolonial nationalism, Nigerian psychiatrists sought to replace racist colonial psychiatric theories about the psychological inferiority of Africans with a universal and egalitarian model focusing on broad psychological similarities across cultural and racial boundaries. Particular emphasis is placed on Dr. T. Adeoye Lambo, the first indigeus Nigerian to earn a specialty degree in psychiatry in the United Kingdom in 1954. Lambo returned to Nigeria to become the medical superintendent of the newly founded Aro Mental Hospital in Abeokuta, Nigeria's first modern mental hospital. At Aro, Lambo began to revolutionize psychiatric research and clinical practice in Nigeria, working to integrate modern western medical theory and techlogies with traditional cultural understandings of mental illness. Lambo's research focused on deracializing psychiatric thinking and redefining mental illness in terms of a model of universal human similarities that crossed racial and cultural divides.Black Skin, White Coats is the first work to focus primarily on black Africans as producers of psychiatric kwledge and as definers of mental illness in their own right. By examining the ways that Nigerian psychiatrists worked to integrate their psychiatric training with their indigeus backgrounds and cultural and civic nationalisms, Black Skin, White Coats provides a foil to Frantz Fan's widely publicized reactionary articulations of the relationship between colonialism and psychiatry. Black Skin, White Coats is also on the cutting edge of histories of psychiatry that are increasingly drawing connections between local and national developments in late-colonial and postcolonial settings and international scientific networks. Heaton argues that Nigerian psychiatrists were intimately aware of the need to engage in international discourses as part and parcel of the transformation of psychiatry at home.
- Author BiographyMatthew M. Heaton is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech.
- Author(s)Matthew M. Heaton
- PublisherOhio University Press
- Date of Publication22/10/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleNew African Histories
- Place of PublicationOhio
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOhio University Press
- Weight318 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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