Health as a Virtue
Thomas Aquinas and the Practice of Habits of Health
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Melanie Dobson's book is not only a compelling scholarly presentation of Aquinas's account of health as habit, but it is also a constructive presentation of the difference Christian convictions might have for how we understand health. This book will be of great interest to scholars of Aquinas and anyone who wants to think theologically about the challenges of health care."
--Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC
"Taking those first steps toward a virtuous habit is daunting, but perhaps that's because we often take those steps alone or for selfish reasons. Melanie Dobson reframes the practice, demonstrating how forming a healthy habit can be the path toward greater connection with others and with God. Health as a Virtue is a very accessible and motivating read."
--Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Assistant Research Professor, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC