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Table 1b

Infancy of Edward Shelonga

Wim van Binsbergen

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Table 1b Consultation of ngangas for the six most important diseases in Zambia (sample: patients of Lusaka ngangas; source: Leeson 1970

 

 

diseases

  malaria measles respiratory disorders gastro-intestinal disorders trauma (accident) disorders of pregnancy and puerperium total
number of Leeson’s informants who claimed that, for this disease, they consulted the nganga first and only (at the exclusion of cosmo- politan health care) 9 (41%) 0 (0%) 24 (33%) 39 (42%) 5 (56%) 12 (41%) 89 (40%)
total number of Leeson’s respondents giving details on their health actions concerning this particular disease 22 (59%) 1 (10%) 72 (67%) 92 (58%) 9 (44%) 29 (59%) 225 (60%)
total 31 (100%) 1 (100%) 96 (100%) 131 (100%) 14 (100%) 41 (100%) 314 (100%)

 

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