Health is what we need
in Saving sick Britain
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Implementing Systems Prevention requires a re-examination of the meaning of ‘health’. A positive definition is needed to replace the negative definition (absence of disease) that is common currency. Political philosophy provides this positive definition. Lawrence Hamilton is concerned with the role of values versus the role of needs in democratic discourse. He recognises that human needs change and he describes some basic categories of these needs. He equates ‘health’ with satisfaction of these needs. In this chapter, these needs are discussed using insights from biology and ‘health’ is redefined as the optimal satisfaction of these needs. The needs are contrasted with definitions of health by the World Health Organisation.

Saving sick Britain

Why we need the ‘Health Society’


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