Hastings Center Report 11 (3):29-37 (1981)

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After surveying and criticizing some earlier definitions of "disease", we propose that a general term--malady--be used to represent what all diseases, illnesses, injuries, etc., have in common. We define a malady as the suffering, or increased risk of suffering an evil in the absence of a distinct sustaining cause. We discuss the key terms in the definition: evil, distinct sustaining cause, and increased risk. We show that the role of abnormality is to clarify these terms rather than to be used directly in the definition of malady.
Keywords DISEASE  EVIL  MEDICINE  PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
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DOI 10.2307/3561321
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