On health needs: the concept labyrinth

Kenneth Rochel de Camargo Jr.
2018 Cadernos de Saúde Pública  
This study aims to reflect on the intertwining of certain key ideas about what we call "health" within the hegemonic biomedical paradigm: health, disease, health needs, medicalization and medical-industrial complex. This reflection is based on the philosophical contributions of Heller and Wiggins on needs; on the discussion of some authors, especially Canguilhem, about health and illness; and Collins' sociology of expertise. After pointing out some of the conundrums that arise from the
more » ... e from the conceptual fluidity of the topics abovementioned, we present a path forward, based on Collins' proposals about the role of experts in political arguments, to resituate the discussion on health needs.
doi:10.1590/0102-311x00113717 pmid:29947659 fatcat:vmpy56wkyvdqznnmwpuhjb7upy