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Diseases in the Tropics: A Confrontation in an African Rural Practice

Br Med J 1973; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5875.331 (Published 11 August 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;3:331

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  1. W. Z. Conco

    Abstract

    Recent claims that “diseases of Western civilization” are rare in rural African communities may not be justified. African peasants have a high pain threshold; many attend traditional healers rather than Western-trained doctors; and their language contains no words to express the descriptive terms used in Western medicine for the symptoms and clinical features of these diseases.