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VIRTUAL REALITY AND AFRICAN INDIGENOUS MEDICINE: HEIDEGGER ON TECHNOLOGY

Abstract

Medical education in Africa has dwelt so much on the use of books and cadavers. But in recent times, attempt is being made towards the adoption of Virtual Reality (VR) technology in Medicine. The aim of this research is to find out how the use of VR medical technologies like Virtual Human Performance Laboratory, Open Surgery Simulations, Real Time Imaging, Telesurgery, Cyber therapy, Neuro-VR, etc. have offered benefits to healthcare delivery in Nigeria and Ghana.  Also, the research seeks to know the techniques, procedures, and protocols being deployed by the practitioners of African indigenous Orthopedic, Herbal, and Psychic Medicines in appropriating western technologies so as to improve on theirs. Our research findings are to be obtained from the practitioners of Indigenous and Orthodox Medicine through participant observation, field work, and interviews in 20 major hospitals and local healthcare centers in Nigeria and Ghana. Our ultimate goal is to come up with findings that would promote inclusive approach in African health care delivery. The methodology of this research is both quantitative and qualitative, with a theoretical framework built on the work of Martin Heidegger in Philosophy of Medicine.

Keywords: Technology, Medicine, Indigenous Medicine, Orthodox Medicine, Virtual Reality, Inclusivity, Education,


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