By Jock McCulloch
During this first historical past of the perform and theoretical underpinnings of colonial psychiatry in Africa, Jock McCulloch describes the medical methods of famous eu psychiatrists who labored without delay with indigenous Africans, between them Frantz Fanon, J.C. Carothers, and Wulf Sachs. They have been a disparate crew, working independently of each other, and generally in highbrow isolation. yet regardless of their changes, they shared a coherent set of rules approximately "The African Mind," premised at the colonial inspiration of African inferiority. In exploring the shut organization among the ideologies of settler societies and psychiatric learn, this fascinating learn is without doubt one of the few makes an attempt to discover colonial technology as a procedure of information and gear.
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As the superintendent pointed out, it was difficult to refuse the hospital's services to patients who were dangerous, yet giving priority to such individuals meant refusing entry to patients who could benefit from hospitalization. In his estimates submission for 1951 the superintendent, Dr E. L. 85 He also requested additional staff and special equipment including a new ECT apparatus. One curious item refers to the need for sterilizing equipment; with the exception of a primitive stove, Mathari had no means of sterilizing instruments or dressings.
The majority of patients appeared to recover within three months. Under the traditional system, patients would pay for their care by working for the doctor when they recovered. Cunynham Brown found little evidence of physical abuse, although he did discover a number of female lunatics who made a living by combining begging with prostitution. The government-funded institutions Cunynham Brown visited were all found to be deficient. The Zaria Asylum had ample room for its patients but the buildings were dark and quite unsuitable for long-term care.
Tooth found the only specialist institution in the country, the Colonial Mental Asylum in Accra, severely overcrowded. Patients were usually isolated from their relatives, and accurate case-histories were seldom obtained. 8 He reviewed the cases of 400 inmates and found that for half there were no proper records. In the material available he perceived major discrepancies in psychiatric responses, which led him to question the validity of using the same nosological frameworks for African and European patients.
Colonial Psychiatry and the African Mind by Jock McCulloch