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January 9, 2002

In AfricaOf Spirits and Madness: An American Psychiatrist in Africa

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Paul R. Linde, 297 pp, $24.95, ISBN 0-07-1367.4-9, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(2):248. doi:10.1001/jama.287.2.248-JBK0109-4-1

In 1994, Paul R. Linde, MD, went touring with his pediatrician wife "just going along for the ride." Their journey eventually led him to the Harare Psychiatric Unit, Harare Central Hospital in Zimbabwe, one of Africa's poorest and most troubled countries. He was the only American psychiatrist at the hospital. His patient load was overwhelming, the language problems were vexing, the pharmacological pantry was sparsely stocked, and there were huge difficulties with prejudice, both his own and his hosts'.

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