From colonial to cross-cultural psychiatry in Nigeria
Matthew M. Heaton
(mental) health with the practice of global history.
Nationalism, anti-colonialism and Nigerian psychiatry
In the Nigerian context the transformation of colonial psychiatry into a cross-cultural and global psychiatry was spearheaded mostly by indigenous Nigerian psychiatrists, trained in British or British-modelled universities and hospitals in the 1950s and 1960s, who took over mental health institutions as part of Nigerian decolonization and practised in the first few decades after independence in 1960. Initially, these
Claire Beaudevin, Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Christoph Gradmann, Anne M. Lovell, and Laurent Pordié
War and the East–West divide, and on the other hand, the decolonization and emergence of numerous new nation-states whose economic, social and political life focused on the ‘need for development’ (Sidiqi, 1995 ; Amrith, 2006 ). This shift also stemmed from the emergence of biomedicine as the dominant form of medical knowledge. It became the basis upon which a rapid expansion of therapeutic tools could be envisioned as a driver of modernization. This period included the massive expansion of the pharmaceutical industry through both its research and development
Enacting human rights in mental health care in Ghana
Ursula M. Read
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