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Cure vs. Prevention

Nuala Kenny

in Prevention vs. Treatment

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199837373
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199837373.003.0013
Cure vs. Prevention

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This volume asks why we are so fixated on cure and why prevention of health harm does not occupy a higher place in our thinking and policy development. In seeking answers, the authors turn to a number of sources, including religious perspectives because the roots of modern health care are found in faith traditions; priorities regarding health are shaped by foundational beliefs and values. Catholicism has a long and strong tradition in health care, which is understood to be a continuation of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ Himself. Disease prevention and health promotion, in the formal sense, receive no comparable prominence in Catholic thought. While there is a general obligation of prudent care for one’s health, there is no robust tradition of disease prevention and health promotion. There is also an important, more recently developed, social justice teaching of the Church. Here we find some powerful motivations for addressing risks to human health and well-being and re-thinking priorities.

Keywords: Catholicism; health care; ministry; social justice; prevention; health promotion

Chapter.  8702 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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