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attitude to illness, chronic disease, embodiment, holistic health, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy



  1. Wilde, Mary H. PhD, RN


Embodiment is a promising new area for theory development, but several issues impair its evolution, including confusion over terminology and a lack of organization of existing literature. Embodiment is defined, based on the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty. Works of scholars and current debate about embodiment are summarized. Embodied meanings of illness are explored in terms of their relevance for nursing.