chapter  9
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Before em barking upon a discussion o f the experience o f illness, it w ould be appropriate to say som ething about that elusive and indefinite state o f being - the experience o f health. Health is notoriously difficult to define, yet m ost people have a notion o f w hat it means for them . For instance, Joseph Binns regarded a patient as ‘w ell’ w hen the condition for w hich he was treating him or her had either totally disappeared or had so stabilised as to cause no inconvenience or handicap.1