Cognitive health has not always been seen as an important factor of overall health and wellbeing of a person. The distinction between the mind and body was a concept first formally set forth in the seventeenth century by philosopher Rene Descartes. However, during the following several centuries, the body was seen as the concern of physicians, while the mind was connected to organized religion.
In time, our understanding of "body and mind" has evolved significantly. We now recognize the vital role that both physical health and mental health play in shaping our overall well being, and we appreciate the valuable contributions that a wide array of health professions can make toward assuring that well-being.
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