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Old November 25th, 2017, 10:01 AM   #1
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Can anyone provide a comparison between medieval African and European medicine?
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From what I've read, medieval African medicine was pretty effective. Maybe even more so than that of Europe. Is this correct?
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I do not know how to respond, only doctors know how to respond, medicine is not my area
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Can anyone provide a comparison between medieval African and European medicine?
Which part of Africa did you have in mind? Which part of Europe did you have in mind?

And for large parts of the middle ages, the Magreb and Iberia were more or less ruled by the same people, so I would have thought medicine would be much the same!

But different to the Cape of Africa or Finland possibly
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Well if we're talking about native African medicine we're mostly talking about shamanism in those days. In east Africa there were shamans/healers called mganga. They used various herbs, potions, and healing techniques like bloodletting and applying hot or cold irons. Since many illness were associated with evil spirits they were also exorcists and diviners. In areas where there was contact with Muslims some Islamic ideas tended to creep into the native religion, like belief in jinns.
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