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Gaceta médica de México

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CAMPOS-NAVARRO, Roberto  and  RUIZ-LLANOS, Adriana. Interculturality in the Medical Practice of Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Gac. Méd. Méx [online]. 2004, vol.140, n.6, pp.643-652. ISSN 0016-3813.

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a young and promising German who at age 29 decided to undertake the profession of Medical Doctor at the University of Strassburg after finishing a career in musical studies in Paris (1899) and obtaining in Berlin a doctoral degree in Philosophy and Theology. Surprisingly, Albert Schweitzer, despite his comfortable life in Europe, decided in 1913 to practice his medical career in a remote and small Equatorial African country. He devoted nearly 50 years of his life caring for the Black population at Lamaberene, where he built a hospital. In this paper, we attempt to develop some theoretical aspects related with interculturality in the medical practice of Dr. Albert Schweitzer. We begin by considering certain sociocultural variables in hospitals that give care to patients with cultural characteristics that are substantially different from those of the health care personnel who organize, administer, and execute medical functions.

Keywords : Interculturality; medical practice; Albert Schweitzer.

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