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Marxist functionalism in medicine: A critique of the work of Vicente Navarro on health and medicine

By Angela Reidy


A detailed examination is made of the writings of Vicente Navarro dealing with health and medicine. Following a statement of criticisms these are examined in detail with reference to sources. The paper concludes with a review of Navarro's writing on Chile which is seen as an example of how a specific brand of deterministic functionalism can be reinforced by a particular political experience.

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