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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123

Abstract

CAMPOS, Gastão Wagner de Sousa. Public health and collective health: field and core area for knowledge and practice. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2000, vol.5, n.2, pp.219-230. ISSN 1678-4561.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232000000200002.

This paper discusses collective health knowledge and practices field and its core based on a dialectics method, beyond positivism and structuralism, to carry out a critical view towards their trends in assuming a transcendent position about the health field. From this analysis on, suggestions for debating are elaborated, taking the historical and social elements of concrete subjects, in their main relation to what is termed collective health.

Keywords : Public Health; Collective Health; Constructivism.

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