What is health? What do the terms health and illness mean in a practical sense? In her article “The Body in Health and Illness,” Juliet Corbin explored these questions in terms of the body, with reference to constructions of health and illness. Some key themes that she discussed include the integration of body and self, the importance of personal perception of health and illness, and the role of health care professionals in the formation of ‘healthy’ or ‘ill’ identities. Understanding the connection between the body (our physical being) and the self (the essence of who we are) is important for understanding constructions of health and illness. In her article, Corbin put forth the idea that the body is not merely the container for the self. Rather, it isthe representation of the self in the physical world (258). What happens to the body, happens to the self; for example, one would be more likely to say “I had a stroke,” than “My body had a stroke.” As such, meaning of life is also determined by the body. The body dictates what the self can or cannot do or accomplish in the physical world.