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Is physiology the locus of health/health promotion?
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PMID:  18539849     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A current trend in physiology education involves the use of clinical vignettes to demonstrate the importance of knowing normal physiology to appreciate pathophysiology. Although laudable, in effect, such tactics promote the so-called "disease" model of medicine while at the same time suggesting that the only utility for the knowledge of physiology is to understand pathophysiology. This would seem to be at odds with health professions and institutions, who maintain their goal is to promote health. Yet, a search for the locus of "health" education in typical curricula is not easily found. Given the developing interest in biological systems as well as aging, it is suggested that these topics may provide a basis for locating physiology as the locus for understanding "health."
Joseph P Zbilut
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in physiology education     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1522-1229     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Physiol Educ     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-09     Completed Date:  2008-08-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100913944     Medline TA:  Adv Physiol Educ     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  118-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Molecular Biophysics and Physiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois 60612, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Health Promotion*
Health Status
Physiology / education*,  trends*

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