Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 22 (2):141-147 (1994)

Abstract
One understanding of health conceives of it as a state of freedom from pathology, achieved by an individual, through the mediation of a doctor. On this view, improvements in health flow from the application of science to specific ills of the body, and access to medical care is the chief determinant of health. This “medicalized” view of health underlies the current debate over medical care payment reform. This is the dominant way of talking about health.An alternative is the view of health commonly associated with the practice of public health. On this view, health is an attribute of communities in social and physical environments. Health takes its shape in large numbers—in morbidity and mortality statistics—and, ideally, includes not just a high level of well-being for some, but also its even distribution throughout a society. Improvements in health are seen to arise from healthful changes in the environment.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1748-720X.1994.tb01287.x
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,481
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Social Transformation of American Medicine.Paul Starr - 1984 - Science and Society 48 (1):116-118.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Coming Plague. [REVIEW]Wendy E. Parmet - 1995 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 23 (3):288-290.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

From Health Care Reform to Public Health Reform.Micah L. Berman - 2011 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 39 (3):328-339.
Public Health and Public Goods.Jonny Anomaly - 2011 - Public Health Ethics 4 (3):251-259.
Disease Stigma in U.S. Public Health Law.Scott Burris - 2002 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 30 (2):179-190.
Reciprocity and Neuroscience in Public Health Law.A. M. Viens - 2011 - In Michael Freeman (ed.), Law and Neuroscience. Oxford University Press.
The Limits of Public Health: A Response.Mark A. Rothstein - 2009 - Public Health Ethics 2 (1):84-88.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-08-31

Total views
17 ( #611,720 of 2,446,297 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
9 ( #75,577 of 2,446,297 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes