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Public Health in Theological Context

01 January 2020

The reductionist biomedical model of health (biological dysfunction and disease needs to be cured) is increasingly problematic and fails to explain the multi-dimensional nature of the human person, or so we’ve been saying for forty years. It undoubtedly has value. When I had cancer, I needed that model to do its work to treat me. But it is not an unproblematic way of conceptualising health. As a public health practitioner it remains a too dominant discourse. As a result it is perennially difficult for the well evidenced insights that our social, economic, environmental and interpersonal circumstances shape our health far more than our biology to get traction in public policy

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