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Letters How should we define health?

WHO definition of health remains fit for purpose

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5357
  1. David M Lewis, general practitioner1
  1. 1Tudor Surgery, Hertfordshire, UK
  1. davidlewis1{at}

I was surprised by Huber and colleagues’ arguments for denouncing the World Health Organization’s definition of health, which has stood for more than 60 years.1

It made me wonder why anyone would question this definition, especially with so many people living with chronic disease. It struck me that the authors wished to diminish the suffering that is associated with …

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