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Sanitas sanitatum

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7522.939 (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:939
  1. Jeremy Hugh Baron, honorary professorial lecturer
  1. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York

    There is a great mistake in the Vulgate...the Latin translation of the Holy Scriptures, and that instead of saying “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” - Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas, the wise and witty king really said, Sanitas sanitatum, omnia sanitas. Gentlemen, it is impossible to overrate the importance of the subject. After all, the first consideration of a Minister should be the health of the people.

    Benjamin Disraeli, 1872. Cited by Sir Humphry Rolleston. The progress and pioneers of preventive medicine. Ann Med Hist 1934;6: 95

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