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Health — is defined in the WHO constitution of 1948 as a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. [1]


World Health Organization. Constitution of the World Health Organization. [Preamble to
the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health
Conference, New York, 19 June - 22 July 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.]. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO; 1948 updated 2005. (Access date 22nd March 2010)