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Letters How should we define health?

Health is state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5358
  1. Angus Tallini, general practitioner1
  1. 1Falkland Surgery, Newbury, UK
  1. angus.tallini{at}

Huber and colleagues define survival, not health. Theirs is a reductionist approach, which perhaps tries to mitigate healthcare’s mission creep and the inflated expectations laid at its door.1

The 1948 World Health Organization definition is an aspiration, but just because it …

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