Regine Hildebrandt

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:174

German health minister who sought to preserve the best of the East

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She was called the “Mother Courage of the East” and did not mind the name, although she did not find it particularly flattering. Her main aim as minister for health and social affairs of the East German state of Brandenburg was to preserve the valuable remnants of the East German health system. She only partly succeeded. But through her outspokenness and social engagement she was by far the most prominent politician in the East and …

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