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Drapetomania is not a disease. Depression is a problem case. Perhaps the medical community mistakenly regards it as a disease. Or perhaps depression is a proper disease label for limited numbers of persons, the label being overblown, mistakenly to fit healthy persons in unhealthy situations. We anyhow do not believe that the professionals are entirely right. The bone of contention is here that some would place particular conditions inside the category of disease, whereas others would put them outside it.
It is unfortunate that this kind of work gets little attention in mainstream medicine, whereas speculative evolutionary views of mental illness are gaining prominence. The blood iron example illustrates the importance of functional analyses as a supplement of causal analyses. The evolved defence response has the function of protecting us against pathogens. , 1998; Buller, 1999), and for biologists functional thinking is an indispensable part of their trade. But medical professionals have only assimilated functional analysis to a limited extent.
The most significant issue for the authors concerns values. Some argue that disease is a category with specimens studied by medical science in a value-free manner. Others hold that the notion of disease is linked with human values. The two views, which come in many varieties, are known as naturalism and normativism, respectively. Naturalists and normativists agree that we need value-laden words to connote the patient’s perspective. They mostly use the word “illness” with this connotation. ” Naturalists want to have some such word to cover diseases in an objective, scientific way.