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WHO should redefine health?
  1. G Morgan
  1. Mr G Morgan, 41 Ffordd Beck, Gowerton, Wales SA4 3GE, UK; morgan{at}

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In 1946, the newly constituted World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as follows:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.1

This definition has not been amended since 1948, although considerable changes have occurred in the subsequent 60 years. This includes population growth, demographic shifts, different disease profiles and challenges, advances in research methods, progression …

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