On the 10th of September, the Centre for the Humanities and Health (CHH) at King’s College London hosted a one-day workshop entitled “Concepts of Health and Disease”. The aims of the workshop were:
- to generate real cross-disciplinary interchange between medical scientists/professionals and philosophers; and
- to increase understanding of the key issues in discussions on health and disease in medicine and philosophy; and
- to achieve real advances in and integration of our understanding of health and disease from both medical and philosophical perspectives.
The workshop was a great success; it was attended by 30 people from 9 different countries, with backgrounds ranging from Oncology, Epidemiology and Psychiatry to English Literature, Ethics and Political Philosophy. Nearly all participants took an active role in the group discussions and the workshop was praised by many as having successfully provided a rare platform for true cross-disciplinary engagement.