Concepts of Disease and Health

[Revised entry by Dominic Murphy on January 22, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Health and disease are critical concepts in bioethics with far-reaching social and political
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[Revised entry by Dominic Murphy on January 22, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Health and disease are critical concepts in bioethics with far-reaching social and political implications. For instance, any attempt to educate physicians or regulate heath insurance must employ some standards that can be used to assess whether people are ill or not. Concepts of health and disease also connect in interesting ways with issues about function and explanation in philosophy of the biomedical sciences, and theories of well-being in ethics....

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