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1.4: Definition and Concepts of Health

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  • In the Oxford English Dictionary health is defined as: "the state of being free from sickness, injury, disease, bodily conditions; something indicating good bodily condition.” Clearly, health is not quite as simple as the definition implies. The concept of health is wide and the way we define health also depends on individual perception, religious beliefs, cultural values, norms, and social class. Generally, there are two different perspectives concerning people’s own definitions of health: a narrow perspective and a broader perspective.