Ricardo Ayala, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, University of the Americas, Santiago, Chile

Markus Thulin, German Association for the History of Nursing

This  article  reconstructs  Chile’s cultural   health   policy,   focusing on  the  maternal-infant  program. This program emerges as a nexus interlinking  gender,  politics,  and health, all in service of propagating discourses encompassing industrial advancement  and  national  well-being.  The  research  draws  from original archival sources, allowing    a    spotlight    on    the program’s    enduring    continuity across decades and diverse political regimes—from the early 20th century through the Popular Unity  government.  As  the  article reveals,    education    assumes    a pivotal   role   across   three   areas within   the   evolution   of   social medicine: instructional frameworks, professional training, and popular education.

The article was published in Spanisch language:


Mother and Child in the Hospital Del Salvador, Santiago de Chile, 1973
Biblioteca Nacional de Chile, Archivo Fotográfico, FB-014088