This series publishes innovative studies that draw upon perspectives from the natural sciences and social sciences to shed light on important issues in global public health. The books in Perspectives on Global Health interest students and practitioners and are appropriate for adoption in undergraduate and graduate courses in global public health.

About the Inaugural Volume

The inaugural volume in Perspectives on Global Health is The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa, a collection of historical perspectives on problems of health and disease in Africa. It brings together the work of prominent scholars of the history of public health in Africa who investigate the interactions between people, pathogens, and their environments.

We are currently accepting submissions for the series, for details about submissions see the Submission Guidelines page.


James L. A. Webb, Jr., Series Editor
Dept. of History
Colby College
Waterville, ME 04901

The Riddle of Malnutrition · The Long Arc of Biomedical and Public Health Interventions in Uganda

By Jennifer Tappan

More than ten million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition globally each year. In Uganda, longstanding efforts to understand, treat, and then prevent the condition initially served to medicalize it, in the eyes of both biomedical personnel and Ugandans who brought their children to the hospital for treatment and care. Medicalization meant malnutrition came to be seen as a disease—as a medical emergency—not a preventable condition, further compromising nutritional health in Uganda.

The Experiment Must Continue · Medical Research and Ethics in East Africa, 1940–2014

By Melissa Graboyes

The Experiment Must Continue is a beautifully articulated ethnographic history of medical experimentation in East Africa from 1940 through 2014. In it, Melissa Graboyes combines her training in public health and in history to treat her subject with the dual sensitivities of a medical ethicist and a fine historian.