Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 245–251

On human health

Scientific Contribution

DOI: 10.1007/s11019-014-9602-9

Cite this article as:
van Spijk, P. Med Health Care and Philos (2015) 18: 245. doi:10.1007/s11019-014-9602-9


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.


Health Disease Illness Feeling of sense Goal of medicine 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emergency SurgeryLuzerner KantonsspitalLucerne 16Switzerland

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