For over twenty years, I have taught an undergraduate seminar whose central question has been, “What is disease?” In the first class, I often evoke the parable of the visually impaired and the elephant. Depending on which parts they touch, each person perceives something different. Similarly, what disease is depends on when, where, and with what tools and preconceptions you encounter it.

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