The Sick Man and his Medicine: Public Health Reform in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt

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The Sick Man and his Medicine: Public Health Reform in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt

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dc.contributor.advisor Hutt, Peter Barton en_US
dc.contributor.author Aksakal, Layla J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-07T15:14:24Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.citation The Sick Man and his Medicine: Public Health Reform in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt (2003 Third Year Paper) en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:10015270
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the transformation of public health institutions in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt in the nineteenth century. I argue that the region’s political, financial, and military vulnerability in that period led to a wide-ranging institutional reform movement that also had a great impact on the public health system. As the state centralized, it began to intervene directly in the lives and bodies of its population with the purpose of developing a strong, healthy polity that would be able to compete in the international arena of states. Examples of this intervention included the establishment of professional medical and pharmacy schools and the implementation of compulsory vaccinations, quarantines, and rigorous inspection of food and drugs in the marketplace. Although these measures were often contested and resisted, and despite a perennial shortage of financial resources, the efforts of nineteenth-century Ottoman and Egyptian statesmen and professionals did lay the groundwork for modern public health care in the Middle East. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Food and Drug Law en
dc.subject Middle East en
dc.subject history en
dc.subject public en
dc.subject health en
dc.title The Sick Man and his Medicine: Public Health Reform in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt en
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.date.available 2012-12-07T15:14:24Z

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