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November 15, 2006

Improving Men's Health: Evidence and Opportunity

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Fontanarosa (phil.fontanarosa@jama-archives.org) is Executive Deputy Editor and Dr Cole is Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(19):2373-2375. doi:10.1001/jama.296.19.2373

What does it mean to be a healthy man? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “[h]ealth is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”1 This is a very high standard to achieve and is not likely to characterize many male patients seen in physicians' offices. Still, the promotion of health and prevention of disease are important to both physicians and patients.