“African plant medicine was more developed than any in the world before the disruption of its cultures. In spite of the tremendous knowledge that was lost and the fact that African medicine today does not reflect the best of what the earlier doctors knew, the fragments that survive still tell us quite a lot. Dr. Charles Finch of the Morehouse School of Medicine, writing in the Journal of African Civilizations, sketches in the background to African traditional medicine, not just its plant science but its psychotherapy, its approach to the diagnosis of diseases, its very early knowledge of anesthetics, antiseptics, vaccination, and the advanced surgical techniques in use among African doctors.”

Source: Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. Blacks In Science: Ancient and Modern. pg. 22. 1983.

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