Global Health and Nursing PracticeWhy Embodiment Now?Wilde, Mary H. PhD, RNAuthor Information Assistant Professor; Syracuse University; College of Nursing; Syracuse, New York The author thanks Bethel Powers, PhD, RN; Mary Dombeck, PhD, DMin, RN; and Timothy Engstrom, PhD, for their assistance with this manuscript. This work was supported through an NRSA fellowship and funded by NINR (NR07169). Advances in Nursing Science: December 1999 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 25-38 Buy Abstract Embodiment is a promising new area for theory development, but several issues impair its evolution, including confusion over terminology and a lack of organization of existing literature. Embodiment is defined, based on the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty. Works of scholars and current debate about embodiment are summarized. Embodied meanings of illness are explored in terms of their relevance for nursing. Copyright © 1999 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.