Responsibility for personal health: a historical perspective.

  title={Responsibility for personal health: a historical perspective.},
  author={Stanley Joel Reiser},
  journal={The Journal of medicine and philosophy},
  volume={10 1},
Reflections about the role of human choice in determining personal health occur in the writings of practitioners and laymen throughout history. THe Greek and Roman writers emphasized the effect of life's activities. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, disease continued to be seen as a consequence of disorder of the bodily humors, which were under the individual's control. THe rise of the paternalistic national regimes in Europe produced the view that society had the responsibility to… CONTINUE READING