On the conflation of the concepts of medicine and health Public Deposited

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  • The concepts of medicine and health are becoming conflated. This can be seen in the language of medicine and health: medicine is discussed in terms of health and health in terms of medicine. A review of literature by medicine and health scholars gives evidence of the conflation and of its effects. The collapse of two concepts into one constrains the development and utilization of medicine and the meaning and pursuit of health. The conflation also obscures the distinction and separate relevance of disease and illness to both medicine and health. The claim is that medicine and health are distinct concepts and that a recognition of them as separate is beneficial. Medicine is a means for humans. Health is an end of humans and is the prototypical condition of "how life ought to be." An understanding of medicine and health as separate concepts is beneficial to the development and utilization of medicine and to the meaning and pursuit of health. Furthermore, the separation of medicine and health clarifies the importance of medicine to disease and the significance of illness to health.
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