Illness is a condition of being unhealthy in one’s body or mind. It is a specific condition that prevents your body or mind from working normally. It is categorized as a state if ill-health, sickness or disease. Illness does not define a specific pathology, but refers to a person subjective experience of it, such as discomfort, tiredness, or general malaise. The way a patient reports symptoms is influenced by his or her cultural background. Disease best refers to an abnormal condition affecting an organism. This abnormal condition could be due to infection, degeneration of tissue, injury or trauma, toxic exposure, development of cancer, etc. This is what needs to be cured, especially if it is life-threatening.
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