The Social Context of Health: Effects of Time, Place and Person

  • Leon Eisenberg
Part of the Priority Issues in Mental Health book series (PIMH, volume 1)


Health and illness can be understood only in a social context. The ways people live, the values they hold and the choices available to them are major determinants of ‘perceived’ health status as well as of ‘actual’ health status. It is not only that culture determines our views of who is well and who is sick but that the conditions of social life influence our very biology as well as our psychology. What we are, as well as what we think we are, is shaped by the way we live.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leon Eisenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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