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Books, Journals, New Media
January 26, 2005

Health and Illness

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2005;293(4):497-502. doi:10.1001/jama.293.4.497-b

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 covered.

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