Sacramentum Mundi Online

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Health - Physical Health
(1,930 words)

Part of Health:

1. Physical Health

2. Psychic Hygiene

1. There is no simple, generally accepted definition of health and disease. “Health” can indeed, as an ideal norm, be described according to the definition of the World Health Organization as a “state of perfect bodily, mental and social well-being”. This definition is, however, neither useful in practice nor entirely acceptable in theory. Health can be defined only with reference to sickness and only to the extent that the concepts are mutually exclu…

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Hans Schaefer, “Health - Physical Health”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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