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Title: A reflection on health
Author: Laporte, Josep
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Keywords: honoris causa
health
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2003
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Abstract: The concept of health has constantly evolved over time and has changed from being a definition that only took into account the absence of illness to a global view of the individual, from the physical, mental and, even, social perspectives. The differences in health in the western and third worlds are self-evident and can easily be seen in the rates of infant mortality or life expectancy. The conditions people live in, the level of schooling and the degree of development are the main factors that affect a population's morbidity and mortality. Despite the fact that medicine has seen some amazing achievements and that the traditional infections have been practically eradicated in the developed world, new afflictions have appeared, such as new infections, degenerative diseases or obesity, brought on by the so-called risk factors, which are directly related to the habits of our society (sedentary lifestyles, drug use, etc.). In the future, the increase in mortality rates deriving from these risk factors, the ageing population and the consequences of the current process of globalisation, point to a less than encouraging scene.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/26106
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