Changing Concepts in Health and Disease

By Henry B. Makover

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, June 1949

A milestone was reached in the summer of 1946 when the World Health Organization (WHO) established a definition of health which was ratified by the sixty-four nations signing the constitution of this new health organization. Health was defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. That social well-being is included in this definition is important not alone in the fact that recognition is formally given to the principle that medicine is as much a social as it is a biological science. It is of overriding importance, however, that the social concept be kept in mind and be given the greatest attention, because the lack of such understanding will allow our great scientific advances to wipe us from the face of the earth instead of insuring our inheritance of it.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Policy, Medical Care, Health and Healing, Global Responsibility

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.25/no.4

Page Number(s): 496-499

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Genre: Article

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Makover, Henry B. Changing Concepts in Health and Disease. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. June 1949: 496-499.


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