Explaining Health Across the Sciences

  • Jonathan Sholl
  • Suresh I.S. Rattan

Part of the Healthy Ageing and Longevity book series (HAL, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Health Concepts Across Disciplines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kenneth R. Arnold, James N. Kezos, Grant A. Rutledge, Thomas T. Barter, Michael R. Rose
      Pages 13-34
    3. Suresh I. S. Rattan
      Pages 43-51
    4. Robi Tacutu, Dmitri Toren, Eugen Ursu, Gabriela Bunu, Teodora Bucaciuc Mracica
      Pages 53-78
    5. Dominic Murphy, Caitrin Donovan, Gemma Lucy Smart
      Pages 97-114
    6. Jan Pieter Konsman
      Pages 115-135
    7. Desmond O’Neill
      Pages 137-148
  3. Health Across Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Ole Faergeman
      Pages 163-177
    3. Geetika Garg, Sandeep Singh, Abhishek Kumar Singh, Syed Ibrahim Rizvi
      Pages 179-197
    4. T. Fülöp, A. A. Cohen, A. Larbi, J. M. Witkowski
      Pages 199-219
    5. Antonis Karamalegos, Mireya Vazquez-Prada, Marina Ezcurra
      Pages 221-241
    6. Jan O. Nehlin, Ove Andersen
      Pages 243-270
    7. Peter Lenart, Martin Scheringer, Julie Bienertová-Vašků
      Pages 271-288
    8. Jean-Arthur Micoulaud-Franchi, Julien Coelho, Kevin Ouazzani Touhami, Pierre Philip
      Pages 289-315
    9. Henrik Lerner
      Pages 333-346
    10. Rikke Hindsgaul Harders, Katrine Vogt Møller, Maria Grymer Metz Mørch, Matthew S. Gill, Anders Olsen
      Pages 347-370
    11. Evgenios Agathokleous, Edward J. Calabrese
      Pages 371-382
    12. Robert Zachariae
      Pages 383-403
    13. Alex Broadbent, Benjamin Smart
      Pages 405-415
    14. Jaap C. Hanekamp, Edward J. Calabrese
      Pages 417-436
  4. Health and Healthy Aging in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 437-437
    2. Eric Le Bourg
      Pages 439-452
    3. Ilia Stambler
      Pages 453-471
    4. Alexander Vaiserman, Oleh Lushchak
      Pages 473-495
    5. Vittorio Calabrese, Maria Scuto, Edward J. Calabrese
      Pages 497-520
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 539-539
  6. Jan O. Nehlin, Ove Andersen
    Pages C1-C1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 551-555

About this book


This edited volume aims to better understand the multifaceted phenomenon we call health.

Going beyond simple views of health as the absence of disease or as complete well-being, this book unites scientists and philosophers. The contributions clarify the links between health and adaptation, robustness, resilience, or dynamic homeostasis, and discuss how to achieve health and healthy aging through practices such as hormesis. 

The book is divided into three parts and a conclusion: the first part explains health from within specific disciplines, the second part explores health from the perspective of a bodily part, system, function, or even the environment in which organisms live, and the final part looks at more clinical or practical perspectives. It thereby gathers, across 30 chapters, diverse perspectives from the broad fields of evolutionary and systems biology, immunology, and biogerontology, more specific areas such as odontology, cardiology, neurology, and public health, as well as philosophical reflections on mental health, sexuality, authenticity and medical theories.

The overarching aim is to inform, inspire and encourage intellectuals from various disciplines to assess whether explanations in these disparate fields and across biological levels can be sufficiently systematized and unified to clarify the complexity of health. It will be particularly useful for medical graduates, philosophy graduates and research professionals in the life sciences and general medicine, as well as for upper-level graduate philosophy of science students.


Health sciences Scientific explanations of health Philosophy of medicine Scientific philosophy Transdisciplinary

Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Sholl
    • 1
  • Suresh I.S. Rattan
    • 2
  1. 1.Philosophy and History of IdeasAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Biology and GeneticsAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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