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1. Human life is always accompanied and endangered by the impairment of health. One speaks of a handicap rather than of an illness when the impairment cannot be overcome by therapeutic measures, and a person's life is permanently marked by it. In this sense, handicap is an umbrella concept for physical, mental, and spiritual impairments. The World Health Organization (WHO) distinguish…

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Gerke, Hanno, “Handicapped”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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