Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 5–12 | Cite as

On medicine and health enhancement - Towards a conceptual framework

  • Lennart Nordenfelt


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.

definitions health-enhancement health care health promotion medicine 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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