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Public Health, the Medical Profession, and State Building: A Historical Perspective

Abstract : This chapter highlights the importance of public health in the construction of the modern state. In the nineteenth century, the Ottoman and Egyptian modernizing projects did include public health programs. The colonization went on with these programs, but used the medicalization project as a tool for the colonizers' own interests. During the first decades of independence, health became a right that was guaranteed by the state and important progress was realized. But the crisis of the development model in the 1980s resulted in the emergence of new international as well as local actors, and international agencies and NGOs, including charitable and religious ones played an increasing role.
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Elisabeth Longuenesse, Sylvia Chiffoleau, Nabil Kronfol, Omar Dewachi. Public Health, the Medical Profession, and State Building: A Historical Perspective. Samer Jabbour et al. Public Health in the Arab World, Cambridge University Press, pp.7-20, 2012. ⟨halshs-00638994⟩



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