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GALEANO, Diego; TROTTA, Lucía  and  SPINELLI, Hugo. Juan César García and the Latin American social medicine movement: notes on a life trajectory. Salud Colectiva [online]. 2011, vol.7, n.3, pp. 285-315. ISSN 1851-8265.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1851-82652011000300002.

This article analyzes the trajectory of Juan César García, one of the referential figures of the Latin American social medicine movement. The question that inspired this work sought to uncover in what moment and in what circumstances García incorporated a Marxist framework into his way of thinking about health problems. Following the methodological guidelines proposed by Pierre Bourdieu, we used the concept of "life trajectories" to reconstruct a life path that divides in various directions: from his birthplace in Necochea to the city of La Plata, from there to Santiago de Chile and, finally, his numerous trips from Washington DC to a large part of Latin America. In order to trace these paths, we carried out semi-structured interviews with key informants: family members, friends, and colleagues from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and Cuba. We also analyzed the books included in his personal library, donated after his death to the international foundation that carries his name, and documents from different personal archives.

Keywords : History; Social Medicine; Public Health; Social Sciences; Pan American Health Organization.

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