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The changing geography of traditional medicine: Urban herbalism on the Witwatersrand, South Africa

  • Dauskardt Rolf P. A. 
A New South Africa — A New South African Geography?


While medical geographers have generally ignored medical pluralism in developing countries, a small but significant geographical literature on traditional medicine has emerged. Progress for research by geographers on traditional medicine lies through a broader contextualisation of medical pluralism sensitive to the socio-economic and political context of health and disease. In this paper, a brief overview of medical pluralism in South Africa is presented. Issues surrounding the changing geography of traditional medicine are illustrated with reference to urban herbalism on the Witwatersrand.


Environmental Management Traditional Medicine Broad Contextualisation Political Context Medical Pluralism 
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  • Dauskardt Rolf P. A. 
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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