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Throughout the last century, adverse political and social conditions affected the health status of the Palestinian population. This study examines the origins, development and changes in Western health care in Palestine during the 19th century and describes the implications of successive political regimes in Palestine, ending with Israeli occupation, on health conditions of the indigenous Palestinian population. This research study is based on interviews with persons active in the provision of health care, observations of health facilities in both Palestinian and Jewish communities, as well as a review of published and unpublished material. The research was motivated by the assumption that inequalities in the provision of public services including health services in Israel should be remedied. The book contains six chapters dealing with the subject matter comprehensively. The first chapter presents the origins of modern health services in Palestine in the latter half of the 19th century. The second chapter focuses on the implications of colonial rule during the British Mandate to the development of health services for Palestinians and Jews. Chapter three delineates the consequences of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 on the health services available for the Palestinian population, and chapter four explains the role of the voluntary sick funds in providing health services to the majority of the Jewish and Palestinian populations. Chapter five deals with conditions that affect the availability of private and public health care for the Palestinian population. Chapter six finally offers statistical information providing an overall impression of health trends, which affect the Palestinian population in Israel.