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What Is Wellbeing?

  • Denny Scaria
  • Mary L. Brandt
  • Eugene Kim
  • Brenessa LindemanEmail author
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


What is wellbeing? The Oxford English Dictionary informs us that “wellness first appeared in written English in 1654 and, “like adding “ness” to “ill” to make “illness” it was a way to designate the state of being well (i.e. absence of disease)“ [1] Despite its’ early origins, the concept of “wellness” fell out of favor and the word is hardly found in any publication from the 1800s until the 1960s. If and when it was used, it was used only in the context of the absence of disease.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denny Scaria
    • 1
  • Mary L. Brandt
    • 2
  • Eugene Kim
    • 3
  • Brenessa Lindeman
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pediatric SurgeryBaylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s HospitalHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Pediatric SurgeryUSC Keck School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Alabama School of MedicineBirminghamUSA

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