African medical middles and migrant doctors, c.1890–c.1960
in Medicine, mobility and the empire
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Medical middles were among the most mobile individuals in colonial Southern Africa, moving as they did between mission, government and private sector employment, and across local and regional boundaries. As Nancy Rose Hunt has pointed out in her study of colonial Congo, local and regional mobility was a significant part of the identity of African medical middles. By 1940, Dr Hastings Banda seemed to be well on track to become the first African doctor in government service in anglophone East Africa, and his precedent was expected to have an impact well beyond Nyasaland. As the new leader of the nationalists, Banda was keen to recall at least some other medical migrants. Daniel Sharpe Malekebu's remarkable return to the protectorate, relatively soon after the 1915 rising, was secured through international missionary networks. Protestant mission networks facilitated the mobility of a number of Malawian medical personnel.

Medicine, mobility and the empire

Nyasaland networks, 1859–1960


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