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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.


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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