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Prior to 1932, Alberta physicians were well aware of the concept of state medicine.
Indeed, what was once referred to as state medicine would later be called (by supporter and critic alike) socialized medicine.
See Megan Vaughn, Curing Their Ills: Colonial Power and African Illness (Stanford, 1991); David Arnold, Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India (Berkeley, 1993), and his more recent collection of essays, Warm Climates and Western Medicine: The Emergence of Tropical Medicine, 1500-1900 (Amsterdam, 1996); Leonore Manderson, Sickness and the State: Health and Illness in Colonial Malaya, 1870-1940 (New York, 1996); and Philip Curtin, Disease and Empire: The Health of European Troops in the Conquest of Africa (New York, 1998).
McCutcheon became the first president of the Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto in 1957 and the Council's board was stacked with insurance industry executives who formed a phalanx against any whisper of the need for state medicine.
In the meantime, in August 2008, Argentina's Ministry of Health granted a major contract to state medicine producers in a bid to support local pharmaceutical production.

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