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Editorial Material: Ill Health or Illness: A Reply to Hofmann
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Health Care Analysis, ISSN 1065-3058, E-ISSN 1573-3394, Vol. 21, no 4, 298-305 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I respond to Bjorn Hofmanns criticism of some elements in my theory of health. Hofmanns main objective is to question "Nordenfelts basic premise that you can be ill without having negative first-person experiences, and to investigate the consequences of abandoning the premise." One of Hofmanns critical points is that my theory of health does not lend voice to the individual. My response is essentially conducted in four steps: (1) I question the aim of conceptual analysis that Hofmann proposes for the analysis of the notion of health. (2) I maintain that my analysis, in spite of Hofmanns contention, lends voice to the individual. It does so via my notion of subjective illness but also via my notion of vital goal. (3) I argue that conditions, such as coma, paralysis and mania are salient instances of ill health and that these may become neglected if the use of the terms "ill" and "illness" is restricted to instances where negative subjective experiences are present. (4) I rehearse my main arguments for selecting disability as the core element of ill health and respond to Hofmanns contention that persons who are in great pain can sometimes nevertheless perform perfectly.

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SPRINGER, VAN GODEWIJCKSTRAAT 30, 3311 GZ DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS , 2013. Vol. 21, no 4, 298-305 p.
Keyword [en]
Illness, Ill health, Disability, Subjective experiences, Vital goals
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102074DOI: 10.1007/s10728-013-0256-1ISI: 000326190000002OAI: diva2:670518
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-11-29 Last updated: 2013-12-03

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