Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: essentialist or nominalist

  • Naming diseases

    JMS Pearce Hull, United Kingdom   I tried to unveil the stillness of existence through a counteracting murmur of words, and, above all, I confused things with their names: that is belief. — Jean-Paul Sartre, The Words   Disease implies the converse of health, but even health itself is difficult to define. With the gifts…