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Medicine, healthcare and the environment: from the salutogenic approach towards the salutogenic environments.

Menatti, Laura (2024) Medicine, healthcare and the environment: from the salutogenic approach towards the salutogenic environments. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Research in medicine is increasingly calling for the importance of the environment and climate change issues. In this paper, I analyse how the ecological dimension of health in current medicine can be understood and enhanced through the salutogenic approach, first introduced by Aaron Antonovsky (1979; 1987; 1996). I discuss this approach and adapt it to analysis of the health-environment coupling and of the contemporary healthcare scenario by introducing the concept of salutogenic environments. The aim of applying the notion of salutogenic environments to the environment-health coupling is to: 1) underline the positive and preventive aspects of the environment as related to health 2) allow to clarify the opposition between the pathogenic and salutogenic aspects of the environment. After a historical and theoretical introduction to the concept of salutogenesis and to the specular concept of pathogenesis, I analyse the role of salutogenic environments, by focusing on the importance of their application to medical theory and healthcare. Both salutogenesis and salutogenic environments are innovative tools to face the current health and environmental crisis.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Menatti, Lauralaura.menatti@gmail.com0000-0002-3929-6000
Keywords: Medicine, salutogenesis, pathogenesis, environments, salutogenic environments, health, climate change, philosophy, science.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dr. Laura Menatti
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2024 23:00
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 23:00
Item ID: 22972
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: January 2024
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22972

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