Bernard Gert, Charles M. Culver and K. Danner Clouser

in Bioethics

Second edition

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195159066
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786466 | DOI:

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This chapter introduces the technical term “malady” as a genus term that includes as species: diseases, disorders, injuries, allergies, illnesses, etc., and can be taken as meaning that something is wrong with the person. It provides a definition of malady that includes the following features: it is a condition of the individual, it involves significantly increased risk of suffering nontrivial harms, and there is no distinct sustaining cause. The role of abnormality in the defining malady and some difficult cases such as pregnancy, short stature, old age, and various genetic conditions are discussed.

Keywords: disease; significantly increased risk; distinct sustaining cause; abnormality; pregnancy; genetic conditions

Chapter.  17978 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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