Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 5–12

On medicine and health enhancement - Towards a conceptual framework

  • Lennart Nordenfelt

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009949517421

Cite this article as:
Nordenfelt, L. Med Health Care Philos (1998) 1: 5. doi:10.1023/A:1009949517421


This paper contains an attempt at constructing a semantic framework for the field of health enhancement. The latter is here conceived as an extremely general category covering the whole area of health care and health promotion. With this framework as a basis I attempt to define the place of medicine within the enterprise of health enhancement. I finally indicate some normative issues for the future, in particular problems and possible developments for medicine as a species of health enhancement.

definitionshealth-enhancementhealth carehealth promotionmedicine

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lennart Nordenfelt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health and SocietyLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden