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PIRES-ALVES, Fernando. Informação científica, educação médica e políticas de saúde: a Organização Pan-Americana da Saúde e a criação da Biblioteca Regional de Medicina - BiremeScientific information, medical education and health policies: the Pan-American Health Organization and the creation of the Regional Library of Medicine - Bireme. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.3, pp.899-908. ISSN 1678-4561.

This article examines the creation and the first years of functioning of the Regional Library of Medicine (Biblioteca Regional de Medicina - Bireme - PAHO), today Latin-American Center for Information in Health Sciences, during 1963-1982. In the course of this analysis, Bireme is being characterized as both an apparatus and an arena for negotiation present in the most general processes of development expressed in international cooperation, information in science and technology, health policies and in the movement for expansion and reform of medical teaching. The narrative has as initial landmark the conception of a regional library of medicine for Latin America according to a model proposed by the National Library of Medicine. The article qualifies the first years of Bireme's existence as the history of the reception of this model, a trajectory that reflected the criticism of that time against the way the health care services were organized and their human resources were educated. Finally, beginning in 1976, a new model resulted in a real modification of Bireme's programmatic agenda, implying in very distinct contributions for the functioning of the regime of information in health sciences in force in Brazil and Latin America.

Keywords : Bireme/PAHO; Education and work in health; Scientific-technological information in health; International cooperation; History of health.

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