The importance of genetic services for the theory of health: a basis for an integrating view of health
Torres, Juan Manuel
Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy: A European Journal 2002; 5(1): 43-51
The first part of this article shows that our effective means to know and modify directly the human genetic make-up generates singular and difficult situations for the application of fundamental medical categories. Specifically, we demonstrate that in dealing with these situations, some predominant views on health, such as descriptivism or that which reduces the state of health to not having present disabilities, cannot provide adequate answers either from the point of view of medical science or in terms of our ordinary intuitions. The second part of the article examines the reasons for the failure of these views to tackle the mentioned situations, proposes solutions to urgent problems and, finally, offers some foundations for an alternative theoretical development, id est, for a theory of health able to satisfactorily integrate our genetic dimension.
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