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"Impeccably researched, compellingly argued, and beautifully written, The Lomidine Files is an important book that rewrites older scholarship on African sleeping sickness while offering an original analytical strategy and methodology for reconfiguring histories of colonial medicine. A superb book, provocative, wide-ranging, and theoretically informed."

"This is a serious work that deserves serious contemplation; it will be of interest to historians from a variety of fields."

"Guillaume Lachenal's engaging body of work has long been on the radar of global scholars of public health and medicine in Africa. It is, then, both a true pleasure for readers and vital addition to Anglophone literature in the field that we now have his monograph, The Lomidine Files, in Noémi Tousignant's elegant translation from the original French... This is an innovative and sophisticated study that rewards sustained engagement. Though it will appeal to a wide audience interested in medical controversy or public health ethics, it is also an excellent addition to undergraduate and graduate syllabi in public health, the histories of science and medicine, world history, African studies, and development studies."

"I urge medical scientists, health activists, public health experts, executives of multinational pharmaceutical companies, public officials of affected countries, and officials of international organizations, bilateral development agencies and philanthropic organizations—not to mention the sociologists, anthropologists, historians and others who study them—to read this book. And read it carefully. It cannot tell us how to avoid the catastrophic outcomes of bêtise, but it should have a humbling effect, as it offers a painful remainder of the costs to others—not of evil, but of simple passivity, stupidity and arrogance."

The Lomidine Files
The Untold Story of a Medical Disaster in Colonial Africa
Publication Date: 2 Oct 2017
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 240 pages
Illustrations: 15 b&w photos, 2 maps
ISBN: 9781421423234