CIENCIA POLÍTICA E HISTORIA: EDUARDO CRUZ-COKE Y EL ESTADO DE BIENESTAR EN CHILE, 1937-1938

Historia (Santiago). 2002;35:151-186

 

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Journal Title: Historia (Santiago)

ISSN: 0073-2435 (Print); 0717-7194 (Online)

Publisher: Instituto de Historia

Society/Institution: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

LCC Subject Category: History America: Latin America. Spanish America | Social Sciences: Social sciences (General)

Country of publisher: Chile

Language of fulltext: Portuguese, Spanish; Castilian, English

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AUTHORS

Carlos Huneeus
María Paz Lanas

EDITORIAL INFORMATION

Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

Instructions for authors

Time From Submission to Publication: 24 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

<abstract language="eng">This article analyse the policies pursued by the Health Minister Dr. Eduardo Cruz-Coke (1937-1938), a remarkable professor of Biochemistry at the University of Chile who contributed to train a significant number of Chilean medical scientists. His health program was based upon a scientific approach to tackle the main health challenges, particularly problems, and general, maternal and infant mortality. He set up a National Food Council that defined innovative policies to improve the alimentary weakness, particularly among the popular sectors, and organized Preventive Medicine Services to diminish labour sickness. The measures had a positive impac in Public Health indexes and were followed by its successors. His successful performance made him a political figure in the Conservative Party. He was elected Senator in 1941, was reelected in 1949, and run as presidential candidate in 1946.