Prevention and Whole Person Care

  • Tom A. HutchinsonEmail author


Prevention of disease always seems like a good idea. Who could argue against taking measures to prevent a heart attack or detecting cancer early (at a stage when it can be removed or effectively treated)? These disease-focused measures aimed at prevention make such good common sense that it is hard to argue against them and we would not do so because they really can work. And yet, there are problems with these approaches that often elude common sense. We believe that these limitations need to be appreciated and the preventative measures aimed at disease need to bolstered by complementary measures based on the whole body and the whole person.


Whole body Whole person Primary prevention Secondary ­prevention Prevention paradox Randomized trials Exercise Diet Sleep Stress Well-being Quality of life Meaning Connection Hippocratic Asklepian Mindful 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programs in Whole Person CareMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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