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Rev Med Suisse. 2012 Feb 1;8(326):282-6.

[Urban health: the irremediable urbanization of life and medicine].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Service de médecine de premier recours, Département de médecine communautaire, de premier recours et des urgences, HUG, 1211 Genève 14. hans.wolff@hcuge.ch

Abstract

Since 2007, the number of people living in cities exceeds that of rural areas. Thus, cities and their organizations have a major influence on all spheres of human life, especially health. This influence may generate inequality, suffering and disease, but also represent an opportunity for health and well-being. This paper introduces the concept of urban health, particularly in terms of primary care medicine and presents solutions that encompass a wide field (politics, urban planning, social inequality, education). Improving urban health requires collaboration of medical with non-medical actors, in order to become of development (re-) urban structure and promotes the health of all.

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