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Conceptions of Health and Disease in Plants and Animals
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5531-817X
2016 (English)In: Handbook of the philosophy of medicine / [ed] Thomas Schramme, Steven Edwards, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2016, 1-15 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter analyzes theoretical conceptions of health and disease for plants and animals. Compared to human health, the discussion of these concepts is sparse, although animal health has received more treatment than plant health. The concept of disease seems to be taken for granted, and few attempts have been made to make a classification of specific types of diseases. The main emphasis in this chapter will be on the contemporary debate on animal health definitions. Although the theoretical discussion on these issues has so far been sparse, a categorization of different kinds of health definitions has been presented at least for animals. The six animal health categories are health as homeostasis, as normal biological function, as productivity including reproduction, as well-being, as mental and physical control, and as ability to realize goals. Similarities and differences between health concepts for humans, animals, and plants are also discussed to see whether there is a possibility to have a universal definition for plants, animals, and humans.

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Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2016. 1-15 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5327DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-8706-2_19-1ISBN: 978-94-017-8687-4 (print)ISBN: 978-94-017-8688-1 (electronic)ISBN: 978-94-017-8689-8 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5327DiVA: diva2:940547
Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-06-21 Last updated: 2017-04-06Bibliographically approved

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