Toward a Contemporary Definition of Health

Mil Med. 2018 Nov 1;183(suppl_3):204-207. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usy213.


Aristotle saw that the striving of humanity was toward being well - a physical, mental and spiritual state where life flourished. A contemporary definition of health recognizes that disease and disability can and often do co-exist with wellness. In this new conception, health is transformed from a state that requires the absence of disease to a state where the central theme is the fullness of life. Health becomes not a static state of being, but a dynamic quality of living where body, mind, and spirit are fully employed to make the most of each day.

MeSH terms

  • Concept Formation*
  • Health / trends*
  • Humans
  • Spirituality