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Illness as a Social Construct

1. ‘Illness’ denotes actual or perceived disturbances of the body, mind, or soul, accompanied by hardship, pain, alterations of body or mind, and a transformed perception of self and the environment. Illness and heal…

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Prohl, Inken, “Illness/Health”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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