Introduction: Medical Mobilities in the Modern Middle East and North Africa

Liat Kozma, Tal Arbel, Nicole Khayat

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This themed section contributes to efforts to conceptualize medical mobility. It does so by observing medical histories within the Middle East while following concrete movements. This focus on what moves and how, rather than on largely static and fixed units of analysis on where to, is central to the studies in this issue. The location of the Middle East, as a crossroad for imperial mobilities—is ideal for exploring transnational medical movements. Bringing together historians of the Middle East and North Africa, the articles explore intersections among medicine, health, and the body and histories of cross-regional mobility. This section spans the period from the early twentieth century to the 1970s. The articles are based on primary sources in Greek, Turkish, English, French, Spanish, and Arabic, located in the national archives of the UK, Israel, and Cyprus; in French diplomatic and military archives; and in the Overseas Nursing Association’s publications.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)330-338
Number of pages9
JournalBulletin of the History of Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2022

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