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Med Hypotheses. 1980 Feb;6(2):209-13.

A medical definition of disease.

Abstract

Definitions of health and disease have been greatly influenced by sociocultural viewpoints. Medical definitions of the disease state are lacking or indufficient. An attempt is presented to separate core or primal, from conditioned disease. Core disease is defined as a verifiable, self-conscious sensation of dysfunction and/or distress that is felt to be limitless, menacing and aid-requiring. In contrast, conditioned diseases are states labeled as diseases by virtue of consensus on prevalent sociocultural and medical values.

PMID:
7393019
DOI:
10.1016/0306-9877(80)90085-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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