By Matthew M. Heaton
Black dermis, White Coats is a heritage of psychiatry in Nigeria from the Fifties to the Nineteen Eighties. operating within the contexts of decolonization and anticolonial nationalism, Nigerian psychiatrists sought to exchange racist colonial psychiatric theories concerning the mental inferiority of Africans with a common and egalitarian version concentrating on large mental similarities throughout cultural and racial limitations. specific emphasis is put on Dr. T. Adeoye Lambo, the 1st indigenous Nigerian to earn a forte measure in psychiatry within the uk in 1954. Lambo lower back to Nigeria to turn into the clinical superintendent of the newly based Aro psychological health center in Abeokuta, Nigeria’s first “modern” psychological health center. At Aro, Lambo started to revolutionize psychiatric study and scientific perform in Nigeria, operating to integrate “modern” western clinical concept and applied sciences with “traditional” cultural understandings of psychological disease. Lambo’s study considering deracializing psychiatric pondering and redefining psychological disorder by way of a version of common human similarities that crossed racial and cultural divides.
Black pores and skin, White Coats is the 1st paintings to concentration totally on black Africans as manufacturers of psychiatric wisdom and as definers of psychological disorder of their personal correct. by way of studying the ways in which Nigerian psychiatrists labored to combine their psychiatric education with their indigenous backgrounds and cultural and civic nationalisms, Black pores and skin, White Coats presents a foil to Frantz Fanon’s largely publicized reactionary articulations of the connection among colonialism and psychiatry. Black dermis, White Coats can also be at the innovative of histories of psychiatry which are more and more drawing connections among neighborhood and nationwide advancements in late-colonial and postcolonial settings and foreign medical networks. Heaton argues that Nigerian psychiatrists have been in detail conscious of the necessity to have interaction in foreign discourses as half and parcel of the transformation of psychiatry at home.
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Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry (New African Histories) by Matthew M. Heaton