Understanding Health Can Help Us Keep/Maintain It
The World health Orginization (WHO) defines health as follows: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Fine and Peters (2007) define health as follows: “Health is the biological, social, and psychological ability that affords an equal opportunity for each individual to function in the relationships appropriate to his or her cultural context at any point in the life cycle.”
1. The state of an organism with respect to its physical, mental, and social well
2. The state of an organism functioning optimally without disorders of any nature.
Public h. The organized programs, services, and institutions involved with the
prevention and control of disease of the population as a whole on the international,
national, state, or municipal level.
Alternative Medicine. A broad range of approaches to the promotion of health and treatment of disease (e.g., acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, diets, homeopathy, massage, osteopathy, faith healing); may be based on anatomic observations, medications, and some form of clinical practice.
Mosby (2013) defines health and medicine as follows:
Health is a condition of physical, mental, and social well-being and the absence of disease or other abnormal condition. It is not a static condition. Constant change and adaptation to stress result in homeostasis. René Dubos, often quoted in nursing education, says, “The states of health or disease are the expressions of the success or failure experienced by the organism in its efforts to respond adaptively to environmental challenges.” See also high-level wellness, homeostasis
Medicine as the art of healing -
surgery. Two major divisions of medicine are academic medicine and clinical medicine. Some of the many branches of medicine are environmental medicine, family medicine, forensic medicine, internal medicine, and physical medicine.
Food for thought!!!
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Mosby’s Medical Dictionary. (2013). 9th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier
WHO (2018). Constitution; Available at: https://www.who.int/about/who-we-are/constitution