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Casting out anger: stress, possession and the everyday in Taita, Kenya

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In 1955, Canadian psychiatrist Edward Margetts arrived in Kenya to take up the post of Chief Psychiatrist at Mathari Mental Hospital in Nairobi. Upon his arrival, the doctor was invited most urgently to Taita District with numerous reports and letters indicating that district officers had never seen such high levels of ‘hysteria’ anywhere in Kenya as they had in Taita. The inexplicable presence of disturbed behaviour, outbursts of violence, and general mental disorder was beginn...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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Publisher:
Duke University Press Publisher's website
Series:
Theory in Forms
Host title:
Psychiatric Contours
Place of publication:
Duram and London
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English
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Pubs id:
1240033
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pubs:1240033
Deposit date:
2022-02-17

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