Sickness Risk

  • James C. Riley


Most Men know when they are ill, but very few when they are well.l

Imagine a continuum beginning at wellness—the hypothetical state in which an individual exhibits no pathological or behavioral signs of disorder. Toward what state does it extend? The obvious answer would be death caused by pathological or behavioral stress. Although the mortality-oriented definition of this counterpart of wellness has undeniable value, and leads to an assessment of the risk of death presented by any new insult, most sicknesses do not now and have not, except perhaps in unusually virulent epidemics, been resolved in death. Most sicknesses are resolved in something called recovery, in which the individual resumes activities engaged in before the insult, perhaps with reoccurrences. Other sicknesses do not end. They become submerged by convalescence, by coincidental illnesses, or by aging itself. Sickness is an aspect in most deaths, but the contrary is not true. What is more, many public health and medical measures that influence the risk of death may have little influence on the risk of falling sick or remaining sick. Sickness requires its own evaluation.2


Mortality Risk Sickness Benefit Morbidity Risk Behavioral Stress High Case Fatality Rate 
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© James C. Riley 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Riley
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  1. 1.Indiana UniversityUSA

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