Letters How should health be defined?

Why the definition of health matters

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b28 (Published 09 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b28
  1. Peter G Davies, GP principal1
  1. 1Keighley Road Surgery, Halifax HX2 9LL
  1. npgdavies{at}blueyonder.co.uk

    The definition of health is important.1 There is a biomedical component to health, but it exists in a setting that includes biological, personal, relational, social, and political factors.2 3

    For too long, we as doctors have been timid about defining health, and mostly operated at the level of “absence of disease.” For too …

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