Ep41. A conversation with Jennifer Tappan about health and medicine in African history

In our second episode during Black History Month, I chat another historian of Africa: Jennifer Tappan, Associate Professor of African History at Portland State University. Her research focuses on the history of medicine and health. This week we talk about her book, The Riddle of Malnutrition: The Long Arc of Biomedical and Public Health Interventions in Uganda. We also talk about a new project she’s started on the history of yellow fever in Africa.

Apologies in advance for a few brief quiet spots – we chatted over Skype during a snowstorm, so the connection wasn’t perfect. The poor connection means some book recommendations she makes at the end of the chat had to be edited out, but we’ll have a complete list up on the website next week.


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