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On the concept of disease

The concept of disease is one of the most basic concepts in health care with both factual and normative aspects, and important practical implications. A disease merits scientific scrutiny, health care attention, relief from social obligations (work), justification of economic support, as well as relief from moral obligation (family).

About the project

The concept of disease is one of the most basic concepts in health care with both factual and normative aspects, and important practical implications. A disease merits scientific scrutiny, health care attention, relief from social obligations (work), justification of economic support, as well as excuse from moral obligation (family). 

Objectives

  • To analyze and clarify the normative and factual, the social and scientific, aspects of human ailment.
  • To study various dimensions of human ailment, such as illness, sickness and disease.

Outcomes

Publications in national and international scientific literature.

Background

The project started as a PhD project funded by the Norwegian Research Council in 1998 resulting in the thesis The technological invention of disease - On disease, technology and values (2002).

Sub-projects

Financing

The project is financed by the ordinary budget of CME.

Start - Finish

1998 –

Selected publications

Hofmann B. The technological invention of disease. J Med Ethics: Medical Humanities 2001;27:10-19.

Hofmann B. Do we need a concept of health to treat disease? European Journal of Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. Abstract. 1999; 2: 93.

Hofmann B. [Technology creates disease] Teknologi skaper sykdom. Tidsskrift for forskning i sygdom og samfund 2009; (11): 13-29

Hofmann B. [Can technology create disease?] Kan teknologi skape sykdom? Utposten 2009; 8:7-13.

Hofmann, Bjørn. Sykeliggjøringens mange ansikter. Utposten 2007;36(1):10-13

Hofmann B. Hva er sykdom? - et helsefaglig og filosofisk spørsmål. Sykepleien 2004; 04: 38-42. [What is disease? - an issue for health care and philosophy]. http://www.sykepleien.no/News/NewsShow.asp?NewsID=5585

Hofmann B. Sykdom som dannelse – en analyse av Thomas Manns roman Trolldomsfjellet. [Disease and identity]. Tidsskr Nor Lægeforen 2003; 123: 3569-72. http://www.tidsskriftet.no/lts-pdf/pdf2003/3569-72.pdf

Hofmann B. Om nytten av sykdomsbegrepet. Tidsskr Nor Lægeforen 2003; 123: 1398. [The usefulness of the concept of disease].

Hofmann B. Trenger helsevesenet begrepet sykdom? Tidsskr Nor Lægeforen 2003;123: 487-90. [Does health care need the concept of disease?]

Hofmann B. Den perfekte sykdom. Utposten 2002; 2: 22-26. [The perfect disease].

Hofmann B. The technological invention of disease - on disease, technology and values. Thesis. Oslo: University of Oslo. Feb 28 2002.

Hofmann B. Simplified models of the relationship between health and disease. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2005; 26(5): 355 - 377.

Hofmann B. On the triad disease, illness and sickness. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 2002; 27(6): 651-74.

Hofmann B. Complexity of the concept of disease as shown through rival theoretical frameworks. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2001; 22(3): 211-37.

Hofmann B. M. Jeg er dårlig, men legen finner ikke noen sykdom. Er jeg da syk? Forskersonen.no. 2021.

Hofmann B. Identitetens sykdom og sykdommens identitet. [On the disease of identity and the identity of disease]. Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening 2018;12:138 https://tidsskriftet.no/2018/06/kommentar/identitetens-sykdom-og-sykdommens-identitet .

Hofmann B. Kjønn, identitet og sykdom. [Gender, identity, disease]. Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening. 2018;13:138. https://tidsskriftet.no/2018/07/kommentar/kjonn-identitet-og-sykdom

Hofmann B, Wilkinson SR. Mange betegnelser for sykdom. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 2016:1125-6. https://tidsskriftet.no/2016/07/sprakspalten/mange-betegnelser-sykdom

Hofmann B. Hva er sykdom? In: Kvale D, Ørn S, Bach-Gansmo E, editors. Sykdom og behandling: Gyldendal Akademisk; 2016. p. 27-33.

Hofmann B. Hva er sykdom?  Sykdom og behandling: Gyldendal Akademisk; 2011. p. 634.

Hofmann B. Teknologi skaper sykdom. Tidsskrift for forskning i sygdom og samfund. 2009;11:13-29. https://doi.org/10.7146/tfss.v6i11.2692

Hofmann B. Kan teknologi skape sykdom? Utposten. 2009;8:7-13. https://www.utposten.no/journal/2009/8/utposten-chapter-3/Kan_teknologi_skape_sykdom?

Frich JC, Hofmann B. Behov - sykdom uten grenser?  I: Wilmar B, Bruusgaard P, Frich JC, Fugelli P. Penger og verdier i helsetjenesten: Gyldendal Akademisk; 2009. p. 260.

Hofmann B. Helse, sykdom og kampen om 'det gode liv'. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 1999(1):74-80.

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