Thursday, September 4, 2014 Africa: Medical Racism and the African Patient Africa: Medical Racism and the African Patient: "West Africa and Western medicine have a history that reaches back to the 19th century. By the early 19th century, the medical folklore, which went hand-in-hand with the European colonial project in Africa, considered the region "the white man's grave". The notion of the white man's grave emerged due to the high death rate of Europeans in West Africa in the 19th century. Scholarly studies show that in quantitative terms the mortality rate during that period was usually between 300 and 700 per thousand per annum for any group of European newcomers to West Africa."

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