Should the Definition of Health Include a Measure of Tolerance?

In 1948 the WHO officially defined health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The definition has remained unchanged for more than 60 years. When it was adopted, tools to measure health did not exist. Indeed, it was decades before a comprehensive set of tools to measure physical, mental, and social well-being were developed.

 I suggest you read the rest of Robert Brook’s JAMA essay, entitled, Should the Definition of Health Include a Measure of Tolerance? Brook makes the compelling  argument that it is time to expand the WHO’s definition of health to include a measure of acceptance and tolerance. Clinicians must lead the way in this endeavor. It is through the progressive seeking of truth that hope for human survival can be found. Tolerance and empathy are central to this process.
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Dr. Robert Brook, RAND

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