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The contribution to medical work and nursing by the pioneer missionaries of the D.R.C. mission in Nyasaland (Malawi) from 1889-1900

J. Smit
Curationis | Vol 11, No 1 | a156 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v11i1.156 | © 1988 J. Smit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 September 1988 | Published: 26 September 1988

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J. Smit, Department of Nursing, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Although the first, pioneer missionaries of the D. R. C. Mission were not fully qualified medical doctors, they played a big role in introducing western medicine among the indigenous population and in this way countered the practice of the witch-doctors.

With their limited knowledge of medicine, they knew enough to treat the indigenous people, their fellow missionaries as well as other people like government officials, planters and hunters in the central province, where they were stationed. They managed to save lives and started with health education to motivate the people to think and live more hygienic lives and thus uplift the standard of health of the country.

One cannot but have admiration for their courageous perseverance and faith and the skilful way in which they applied their medical knowledge in the absence of a fully qualified medical doctor.


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