Classic Histories from the Portuguese-Speaking World in Translation
Essays on Some Maladies of Angola (1799)
Essays on Some Maladies of Angola (1799)
José Pinto de Azeredo;
Stewart Lloyd-Jones, trans.;
Timothy D. Walker, ed.;
Adelino Cardoso, contrib.;
António Braz de Oliveira, contrib.

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2016 . 144 pp. 6 illus. 6 x 9"
African Studies / Diseases / History - 18th Century

$24.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-69-6


A unique medical text describing healing practices in Africa at the peak of the transatlantic slave trade.

Western science and pharmacology first learned about many African diseases, remedies, and medicinal practices through José Pinto de Azeredo’s highly original and influential text. A unique Enlightenment-era medical text written specifically about health issues in Angola, this is the first work by a Portuguese physician to describe accurately, through first-hand observation, medical practices and substances used in Angola during the peak period of the transatlantic slave trade. 

This first English-language edition of Essays on Some Maladies of Angola was translated by Stewart Lloyd-Jones (University of Stirling) and includes scholarly essays by Timothy Walker (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), Adelino Cardoso (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), António Braz de Oliveira (Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal) and Manuel Silvério Marques (Universidade de Lisboa).

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