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Afrocentrism and Healthcare: The Legacy of Colonial Medicine in Uganda

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To the casual observer, the introduction of western medicine in British colonies is often viewed and interpreted as “good, philanthropic and humanitarian” to save those “primitive peoples” from the scavenges of diseases and pestilences. Indeed, most history books write of heroic white European doctors who went out of their way to stop epidemics from wiping out primitive (black) peoples e.g. Albert Schweitzer in Congo. However little is mentioned of the behaviors of these colonial medical people towards the peoples they encountered, and how their draconian interventions changed these people’s ways of life forever, often with unexpected negative consequences.