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Health and wellbeing in the ancient world
Health and wellbeing in the ancient world

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1.7 Other definitions of health

What other definitions of health are there? Complete the research activity in Activity 5 now to find out.

Detail from a woodcut depicting ancient herbalists and scholars.
Figure 4 Herbalists and scholars of medicinal lore ‘Herophilus and Erasistratus’

Activity 5

Go online and see what other definitions of health you can find, paying particular attention to their origins. Are they written by patients or doctors? Do they come from a background of mainstream or alternative medicine? Are they produced by people from a particular branch of medicine? Are they trying to sell a product?

Select one definition. Could the definition you found be applied to ancient Greece or Rome?

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