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What does Salutogenesis have to do with it?

Health sociologist, Aaron Antonovsky coined the term salutogenesis in 1979 when he published his research into "how people stay well". The term salutogenesis stems from Latin, salus (health, wellbeing) and Greek, genesis (origin); literally meaning 'originating with health'; it's the opposite of pathogenesis, which means 'originating with disease' as the Greek word, pathos, means suffering, disease. The contrast between staying well and preventing disease may be subtle but is vital and necessitates a change of focus from the medicalised view of health and illness.