Traditional Sudanese Medicine

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For the study & dissemination of authentic information on traditional Sudanese medicine
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Fifty rare plates and figures.
Two thousand references spanning three centuries.
Materia Medica
More than 600 recipes with vernacular, taxonomic & English synonyms.
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Reading and Note-taking Techniques in Medical English based on Traditional Sudanese Medicine

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Cosmetic Scarring
Facial scarring as cosmetic in women, a practice long bygone

Azande rubbing board oracle or euwa.
Oracles are methods of divination that are practised by several ethnic groups in southern Sudan, namely the Azande, Dinka, and Acholi. The methods reported in great detail were those of the Azande.

Cupping the nape among the Nuba. Cupping is pressing a glass cup or similar instrument,  tightly against the skin to draw blood to the surface. Read more.


Surgical Instruments from Kordofan (c. 1900)
Nuba patens for protection against guinea worm infestation while wading in ponds (c. 1900)
The Sudanese have developed several culture-bound methods and techniques to manage ill-health. Apart from the pragmatic, curative and protective measures alluded to in Management of Common Ailments, they used different types of amulets, talismans, and mascots, all believed to heal and protect against harm, as well as to bring luck, or ensure success in this or that sphere of life

Amulets from Kordofan as a sample of protective measures against all type of disease and misfortune


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