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CARDET FLEITES, Rafael Abelardo et al. Vocation for life in the history of Villa Clara women health branch. EDUMECENTRO [online]. 2016, vol.8, n.4, pp.6-20. ISSN 2077-2874.

Background: the presence of Cuban women in the development process of public health is one of the social phenomena that require study. Objective: briefly review the presence of Villa Clara women in medicine development, in chronological order, and placing them in municipalities where they exercised their profession. Methods: a literature review was carried out in 2016 at Villa Clara University of Medical Sciences, whose object of study was the presence of some Villa Clara women in the history of medicine from 1776 to 1951; theoretical methods were used analysis-synthesis, induction-deduction and historical-logical; empirical level methods: documentary analysis of historical materials: reports, records, photographs and manuals regarded as reliable sources of historical knowledge, key informants were also consulted. Results: women who lived in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries made their work empirically with dominance in the field of obstetrics, they acted as midwives, and battlefields as caregivers and healers of wounded. Advancing in years, the first women with academic studies, where there are more graduate nurses than doctors; among them is included an exceptional woman from Sagua la Grande Concepcion Campa Huergo, pride of all Villa Clara, as worthy tribute to her scientific and revolutionary activity. Conclusions: these women stood out in their times by the desire to help others, a disinterested humanism and their vocation for life care.

Palabras clave : Obstetrics; physicians, women; education, medical.

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