Salutology comes from two latin words "salud" and "logic", meaning "health" and "study", which translate to "the science or the study of health". It is a specialty of medicine that focuses primarily on optimizing health rather than treating disease.
You don't have to be healthy to be seen by a Salutologist, a specialist in Salutology. The goal is to help you achieve the healthiest version yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, no matter where you are health-wise at this time in your life!
Salutologists, or Population Health Physicians, are doctors (MD or DO) who work with other doctors, various health professionals (ex. nurses, dentists, physical therapist, public health specialists, etc) and other disciplines (ex. psychologist, educators, etc) to bridge the gaps between healthcare and a healthier you!
The term derives from a fairly old concept known as salutogenesis, which is widely recognized in the scientific literature.
Salutogenesis is defined as "an approach focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease (which is known as pathogenesis)". It represents a new way of thinking about human health and wellness. An illustration of what this approach entails in medicine can be found in the following TED talk. A summary of the principles of salutogenesis can be found in this short YouTube video.
Salutology, a recently proposed new name for the specialty of medicine known as general preventive medicine and public health, is dedicated to implementing approaches that account for both pathogenesis and salutogenesis to help you achieve and maintain optimal health!
Salutologists is a term newly proposed to designate physicians/medical doctors (MD or DO) trained in the specialty of general preventive medicine and public health.
We practice community medicine (in the public health domain), population medicine (in the health systems domain), and lifestyle and clinical preventive medicine (in the clinical care domain) to help our patients, their families and their communities reach their best selves with regards to the mind, body and spirit.
These terms became associated with the medical specialty of general preventive medicine and public health in 2017-2018, with their introduction at a national medical specialty panel discussion and with their submission for publication via a seminal paper in an important medical journal by a group of forward thinking medical residents and faculty members from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
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