Journal of Medical and Surgical
Research (JMSR)


Pages: 171-173

Date of Publication: 30-Nov--0001

The History of Tuberculosis in Morocco

Author: Chaymae Ben Yakhlef, Maryam Fourtassi, Ghita Hjiej, Abderrazak Hajjioui

Category: JMSR History of Medicine

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Whether tuberculosis (TB) was already spread in Morocco before the French protectorate or was it brought by foreigners, is an interesting debate in the medical history of Morocco. It was common among practitioners who were first interested in the health situation of Moroccans. TB, and especially its pulmonary form, was rather rare in Morocco. In the 19thcentury, a medical doctor (Despine) who lived in Essaouira, declared the absence of TB in this Moroccan city, which was open for trade with Europeans very early in history.

Keywords: Epidemiology, History, Morocco, Tuberculosis