Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 245–251 | Cite as

On human health

Scientific Contribution

Abstract

If it is true that health is a priority objective of medicine, then medical practice can only be successful if the meaning of the term “health” is known. Various attempts have been made over the years to define health. This paper proposes a new definition. In addition to current health concepts, it also takes into account the distinction between specifically human (great) health and health as the absence of disease and illness—i.e. small health. The feeling of leading a life that makes sense plays a key role in determining specifically human great health.

Keywords

Health Disease Illness Feeling of sense Goal of medicine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emergency SurgeryLuzerner KantonsspitalLucerne 16Switzerland

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