The epidemiological factor: A genealogy of the link between medicine and politics

Marco Maureira, Francisco Tirado, Pedro Torrejón, Enrique Baleriola

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    © The Author(s) 2017. From the beginning of our civilization, the existence of infectious and contagious diseases required a search for solutions for both an individual and medical-health problem, and political interventions that involve a territory and population that must be managed. In this respect, epidemiology constitutes a strategic dimension in analysing the complex relationships established between scientific conduct and the political management of a territory. With this focus, we will provide a short historic genealogy of the links established between medicine and politics in European societies since the 18th century. From this, we should be able to see a movement from the concepts of healthiness/unhealthiness common to the ‘public hygiene’ managed by the 19th-century nation-state, towards the imperative of ‘public health’ operating with the ‘global health’ concept promoted by our current global institutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)505-519
    JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018


    • biosecurity
    • clinic
    • epidemiology
    • political scales
    • techno-science


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