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Positive and Negative Aspects of the Who Definition of Health, and Their Implications for a New Concept of Health in the Future

  • Piet Van Spijk
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 72)

Abstract

Working as a doctor in an outpatient psychiatric hospital, I had just finished the treatment of a young homosexual woman who had recently separated from her girlfriend. She experienced a strong grief reaction and came into treatment for this reason. She improved rather quickly, and it was at that moment that I was confronted with the following practical question: Does a homosexual person, who feels reasonably well, require further treatment? Is such a person healthy or not? What are the grounds for a “yes” or “no” in response to this question? The medical library of the University Hospital where I worked, and the medical literature in general, was of little help in answering such questions. I was surprised to find nothing there.

Keywords

Biological Level General System Theory Inanimate Matter Homosexual Person Pure Objectivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Piet Van Spijk
    • 1
  1. 1.LucerneSwitzerland

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