The contribution to public health of Abraham Horwitz: insigths from contemporaneous times


  • Jorge Jiménez de la Jara Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Lorenzo Agar Corbinos Universidad de Chile
  • Nicole Saffie Guevara Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


The purpose of this article is to review the main ideas of doctor Abraham Horwitz’s thinking (1910-2000), who dedicated all his life to public health, both in Chile and Latin America and Caribbean. This paper focuses his thought from a contemporary perspective. This is precisely our challenge. Although we live in a different world from the sixties, with great progress in health, there are still huge gaps between countries and social groups, as well as large demographic and economic transformations with high social impact.


public health, social medicine, epidemiology, equity, ethics, education, development