African Traditional Medicine: Autonomy and Informed Consent

  • Peter Ikechukwu Osuji

Part of the Advancing Global Bioethics book series (AGBIO, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Peter Ikechukwu Osuji
    Pages 53-92
  3. Peter Ikechukwu Osuji
    Pages 93-150
  4. Peter Ikechukwu Osuji
    Pages 183-201
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-206

About this book


This book focuses on informed consent in African Traditional Medicine (ATM). ATM forms a large portion of the healthcare systems in Africa. WHO statistics show that as much as 80% of the population in Africa uses traditional medicine for primary health care. With such a large constituency, it follows that ATM and its practices should receive more attention in bioethics. By comparing the ethics of care approach with the ATM approach to Relational Autonomy In Consent (RAIC), the authors argue that the ATM focus on consent based on consensus constitutes a legitimate informed consent. This book is distinctive insofar as it employs the ethics of care as a hermeneutic to interpret ATM. The analysis examines the ethics of care movement in Western bioethics to explore its relational approach to informed consent. Additionally, this is the first known study that discusses healthcare ethics committees in ATM.


African Traditional Medicine Autonomy and Informed Consent Ethics of Care Health Care Ethics Committees Informed Consent Moral Decision-Making

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Ikechukwu Osuji
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Healthcare EthicsDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05890-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05891-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2212-652X
  • Series Online ISSN 2212-6538
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