12. What is Disease? What is Health?

  1. Ary L. Goldberger1,2 and
  2. Zachary D. Goldberger3

Published Online: 15 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118380697.ch12

Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know

Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know

How to Cite

Goldberger, A. L. and Goldberger, Z. D. (2012) What is Disease? What is Health?, in Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118380697.ch12

Author Information

  1. 1

    Harvard Medical School and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Margret and H.A. Rey Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

  3. 3

    Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 AUG 2012

Book Series:

  1. Hospital Medicine: Current Concepts

Book Series Editors:

  1. Scott A. Flanders and
  2. Sanjay Saint

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118011430

Online ISBN: 9781118380697

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Keywords:

  • disease and health, and what they indicate;
  • reconsidering what constitutes a disease, by what it is not;
  • aging and disease, geriatrics focusing on frailty syndrome;
  • premature aging, pathological/or prepathological state;
  • primary disease vs. inadvertent injury

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is a Disease?

  • Aging and Disease

  • Primary Disease vs. Inadvertent Injury

  • Internal Stress and Disease: The Caregiver Syndrome

  • External Stress and Disease

  • Defining Disease and Health: Alternative Approaches

  • What is Health?

  • Implications: General and Specific

  • Syndromes within Syndromes

  • A Self-Challenge

  • Mini-Summary