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Title:The malaria cognate: folk classification of illness among the Abagusii of Kenya
Author:Nyamongo, Isaac K.ISNI
Year:1997
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Volume:4
Issue:2
Period:September
Pages:27-36
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:Gusii
diseases
malaria
Health and Nutrition
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Diagnosis
Health surveys
Therapeutics
Self medication
Abstract:Based on ongoing research among the Abagusii in the Suneka area of Kisii District, Kenya, the author reports on people's diagnosis of malaria, their perception of the cause, and their methods of treatment. People tend to associate certain 'illnesses', such as vomiting, fever, general body and joint pains, stomach ache, dizziness and headache, with malaria. The author calls this cluster of illnesses the malaria cognate. People's response to malaria may be influenced in part by the judged similarity between malaria and other illnesses. The cost of malaria treatment is also a primary factor in a patient's illness behaviour. Bibliogr., sum.
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