AO. scientists wary of speaking to historian

AO: Osseo-Asare notes that in contrast to the healers (who were open with sharing written records and recipes that had been published), scientists were wary of speaking to a historian interested in observing them in their place of work and asking them questions about their personal research narrative. “Most African universities abolished anthropology departments after independence, making a visit from a social researcher to their laboratories and offices especially ironic. Perhaps more secretive than the famously reticent healers, the scientists would rarely reveal the names of plants they were currently researching, even if publications were out and patents filed.” (26)


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