Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library,
Journal Review Editor.
Health, Disease, and Illness is a collection
of essays edited by a group of medical ethicists from the University of Pennsylvania.
Their express purpose is to discuss “what shall count as a disease in
the first place, and how much of human experience medicine should encompass”
(xii). The editors specifically abstain from defining a modern epistemology
of health, disease, and illness. However, in the process of defining the limits
and reach of medicine as well as the terms in the title, they carry out a
discussion of epistemology. They do this from a historical, chronological,
and semantic perspective, which works quite well for the topics they have
Young JT. Health and Illness. JAMA. 2005;293(4):497-502. doi:10.1001/jama.293.4.497-b