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Editorial – Vol. 3 Nº 1

Editorial: Thinking health


If we would ask a Medicine student of our time to define in a nutshell what is exactly what is studying we would get, probably, the following response: “I ​​am studying the diseases that affect people.” Is that really the only role of medical education? Is this how it is conceived the role of a doctor? Is it to deal with the diseases, only diseases, their diagnosis, their treatment, their rehabilitation? In any case, would not be health - and not the disease - an interesting object of study in the future physicians training? And, in turn, would not be health - and not the disease - an interesting subject for researchers who come also from other fields of scientific knowledge?

This issue of includes a series of articles that are pierced horizontally by the challenge of thinking about health. Antonio Rafael Carreras offers a critical look at the process of health/disease/healthcare from the perspective of health information systems. Kate McGurn Centellas, from an ethnographic perspective, discusses the notion of a pharmaceutical product in Bolivian culture and challenges the powerful local challenges that emerge and are specific from national and regional contexts. Kharla García Vargas, from an anthropological perspective, investigates temazcal healing experiences with fieldwork in Mexico. Daniel S. Goldberg wonders about the genesis of the disease, confronting - or harmonizing - the genetic causality and social causality and proposing an approach change. Ruben Peretó Rivas compared acedia of patristic and medieval texts to modern melancholy and today’s depression, forcing the cross-examination of concepts about what is sick and what is healthy over time and its epistemic categories. Gabriela Wald proposes a comprehensive health approach through music in socially vulnerable youth in Buenos Aires.

And, consistent with the disciplinary fields of Eä involved, Miguel Angel Negron Oyarzo enquires about gender issues in Chilean science, taking up gender studies in the sociology of science, while Natalio Pagés and Nicolas Rubí propose a complex appreciation and an accurate reading of the Foucauldian writings about the genealogical method that uses scientific knowledge and studies it from a socio-historical approach.

The articles speak for themselves. Health is an issue too complex to be left solely in the hands of doctors. The seventh issue of , Volume 3, Number 1 – gives an account of that.

-- The directors

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