Schuivende ziektebegrippen: een overzicht en een diagnose

Translated title of the contribution: Shifting concepts of disease: a review and a diagnosis

Marianne Boenink

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Many philosophers have reflected on the question what disease is. The first part of this paper reviews several philosophical approaches of the concept of ‘disease’. Some philosophers aim to purify the way this concept is used by developing a prescriptive theory. Others are more interested in an interpretative approach that aims to understand specific historical practices using the concept, as well as how these shift. The second part of the paper investigates, in line with the interpretative approach, to what extent recent pleas for ‘personalized medicine’ shift the way ‘disease’ is conceptualised.
Translated title of the contributionShifting concepts of disease: a review and a diagnosis
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)66-71
Number of pages6
JournalTijdschrift voor gezondheidszorg en ethiek
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Ontological concept of disease
  • Fysiological concept of disease
  • Illness
  • Personalized medicine
  • n/a OA procedure


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