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“If I had to live like you, I think I’d kill myself”: Explaining the Disability Paradox

On 26 November 2015 Havi Carel visited Kings College London to give the Annual Philosophy and Medicine Sowerby Lecture. Her theme was the ‘disability paradox’ – the difference between how ill and disabled people rate their wellbeing and healthy people asked to imagine how happy they would be if they were unwell. Ill and disabled people’s wellbeing rating is only slightly lower than that of healthy people. Havi argues that healthy people may mis-imagine ill-health and that the ability of people to adapt to illness raises important questions for health economics.

You can watch the lecture here

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